|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 02-20-2012 02:20 AM||1678 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
‘Out on a Limb’ is a pine? burl I harvested back in October while visiting my brother in the mountains of VA. I know it stretches the parameters of a spoon a bit, but I figure it qualifies since it has a bowl and a handle. The larger branch that forms the handle was growing up through the burl… so clearing the bowl was mostly end grain and wet… so I had to stop every minute or two and clean the bits.
‘Loop’ is from a piece of black cherry burl that I previously made a couple of spoons from. This time the thing got turned around and the handle became the bowl and the bowl became a handle.
‘Ebony and Ivory’ is ebony (I think), or maybe African blackwood…. whichever is the hardest to sand. This stuff dulled the sandpaper so quick. I inlaid a sea shell half its depth into the handle and then sanded it down flat and back-filled with epoxy and wood dust. The bowl is rimmed with bone that came from my friend’s yard where the dogs had left it behind.
From the top the handle looks a bit fragile but on the side view it is adequately supported. 10 1/2 “
‘Crack the Walnut’ was carved even though a large open crack went through the knot that makes up the bowl. I just like the colors of the neighboring crotch figure that I went ahead and made the spoon anyway.
‘Nematode’ is elm burl… or at least the bowl is. Many of the ‘eyes’ are see through so it was easy enough to gauge the thickness of the bowl.
The last one is a piece of horse chestnut…... that was supposed to be longer.
Thanks for having a look.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)