Spoon Week

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Project by terryR posted 928 days ago 1242 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been busy this week carving spoons…didn’t get much else done, though…

First of all, I have to thank all of you LJ’s for the comments and inspiration you give me! There’s no way I could’ve carved this first spoon last month…no different tools in my shop…no different woods around…just inspiration from the group has made the difference. Thank you all!
OK, the spoons…

#1 was carved from cocobolo, sort of an oriental influence…8 hours of fun…11” long…

#2 is the same spoon from the side…beautiful wood! you can also see my inability to sand out all chisel marks here and there…will try harder next time!

#3 was carved from a crotch piece of black walnut. I left a subtle groove along the handle…my first attempt at such…came out pretty good, but not perfect. This spoon was shaped from a few templates I made last year…gonna hide them and take a walk on the wild side for a while! <g>

#4 is a 9” long osage orange scoop that could easily double as a club. I love the solid feel of this wood, and it gives a nice luster when polished to 1500 grit…

#5 is a pair of scoops with a subtle shape I intend to use many times. Top one is from 5/4 cherry…lower one is from 3/4 African Teak…each about 9” long.

All spoons finished with oil/wax…signed and dated.

#6 was included to show the THREE tools I use to carve the bowl section of my spoons…yep, the 2” chainsaw is a bit of overkill sometimes, but she’s fast! (really bought her for hogging out bowls since I don’t have a lathe)…just bought some grinding burrs and a Foredom THX440 grinder, so I’m sure I’ll change my methods as soon as UPS arrives! <g>

…comments and ideas always welcomed…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 928 days ago

Wow they all look great nice work and cool woods too.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 928 days ago

sweet! i love the first one, sorta medieval looking. it would certainly go on a king’s table! the grooved spoon is groovy dude.

-- cut that out!

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#3 posted 928 days ago

Oh yea, cool projects and new tools coming….....

Will have to check out that 440 grinder…...don’t recall that one….......

Great spoons, always in demand…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 928 days ago

These are such beauties!

Mine always turn out looking so Neanderthal.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 928 days ago

Great looking spoons with simple, but elegant lines.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 928 days ago

I especially like the scoop in pic 4.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 928 days ago

Looks like you have the spoon carving bug also… I know I do. I really like the scoops , I haven’t made any of those yet. Have fun with your new tools.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 928 days ago

You have been offically bitten by the spoon bug.
It sunk its teeth into me a few years back….gotta love it!
Awesome job

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 928 days ago

Terry, these are nice spoons. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 928 days ago

Cheater! You have more tools than I do. <grin> The first spoon looks architectural to me… nice effect. The walnut spoon is my favorite… but what you are calling a groove looks (on my screen) to me like a sort of raised ‘bead’. Which in effect gives the handle a very softened look. Rest assured I will be adapting (stealing) the idea and don’t be too surprised to see it show up in a future posting.

I can’t quite make out the center ‘bit’ in photo 6….. what is that?

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 928 days ago

hey Spoontaneous, I thought I was SUPPOSED to use as many tools as possible on every project! <g>

That center bit on the dremel is a 1” carbide cutting wheel…not well suited for a spoon bowl unless used with a very light touch. But I’ve got new spherical burrs coming in the mail, so will skip the dremel…

You are correct, the walnut spoon has a raised bead…not a groove…told ya’ll I was a beginner! <g> I even stole that idea from the www, so can’t take credit for it. Can’t wait to see your version…

OK, you spoon carvers, how the heck do I carve that spiral shape on the handle? The barber pole twist thingy?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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