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Project by Spoontaneous posted 02-20-2012 02:20 AM 1550 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

‘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)





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#1 posted 02-20-2012 02:24 AM

Your always so creative great job.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 02:28 AM

Ditto on Jim’s comment. Never knew spoons could take so many shapes. Love your work.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 02:30 AM

Way cool, I like the ebony spoon/scoop. Great idea with the shell.

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

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 02:52 AM

yes ! ... woot ! ... shazaam !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 02:53 AM

The more I do spoon carving , the more I am in aw of your work. The shape and style of Ebony and Ivory is cool then you throw in the bone and shell … wow. Also Out on a Limb …

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 04:54 AM

The inlaid sea shell is brilliant.. always love your stuff!!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 05:02 AM

WOW, still blowing my mind with your creativity and craft…............Good for you!.........

I love them all but that long one is really cool, heck, which one isn’t, darn hard to have a favorite…...............

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

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 09:22 AM

magnificent… you truly are a master!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 09:59 AM

great and flowing spoons

bet there are some tibetan monks drooling
for one of these

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 02-20-2012 11:39 AM

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate reading them. I forgot to post this other one…. It is Macassar Ebony (I think) and it was MUCH easier to sand than the other black spoon…. a pleasure really. The finish was silky smooth at 320 but I took it on up a bit. Nice wood to work with.

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

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#11 posted 02-20-2012 01:31 PM

spoon-tas-tic ! Spoontaneous

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 02-20-2012 01:52 PM

my friend, you are way outside the box, so far outside! :-)

love them all! especially ebony and ivory…and that last one you added from ebony M. has some very sexy lines.

I have been wanting to try a dog bone and wood joint for a spoon…have made a few knife handles using the technique and they usually look good.

thanks for sharing your art…always a pleasure…

hey, do you label your spoons with a woodburner?

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

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#13 posted 02-20-2012 02:08 PM

Terry ~ I just started a month or so ago. Bought a burner with a round and a blade tip. I make my ‘mark’ instead of trying to ‘sign’ in the usual way…. so that I can keep the imprint small as possible. My eyeballs, even with the magnifier, has a hard time doing a great job anyways.

Even though it looks like an anchor the image is actually my intials (TW) with a circle on top to represent the spoon bowl. One of these days I would like to get a small brand so I can be consistent with it.

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

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#14 posted 02-20-2012 02:38 PM

spoontaneous,
sorry for clogging up your project instead of a private email, but I have a tip others might like…

first, please don’t buy a branding iron for your art…I’m a country boy and those irons are for cows and goats! Artwork of your high caliber deserves a personal mark IMO. so what if all the lines aren’t perfect in the burning? we are talking a one of a kind piece here…just practice your mark…

...and the tip I discovered a few months ago…if your burn lines end up different depths and look ugly to you (I sign first initial, last name, date, so end up dealing with grain problems), grab some 800 grit paper and gently sand over the deeper burn marks…wipe clean…assess…repeat as needed. is this cheating? :-)

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

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#15 posted 02-20-2012 03:13 PM

Love your Logo, good luck on that, if you find a place that can make a small enough branding iron or stamp, please let me know. You should scan yours into photoshop and rasterize it so it is scaleable. I have been carving my logo since the first wand. My logo came out of years of doodling in endless and sometimes useless meetings until the day I woke up out of burnout and saw myself as an artist again. It is also my initials of E and J, people enjoy my logo cause it looks like a table, or letter from some far eastern country, or some say a face.

I have a branding Iron (a gift from the in-laws from Rockler) for my bigger projects, but Like Terry says.. if you don’t get it right the first time, it gets obnoxious. So for my hand held items, I still do it by hand, and though I am always getting faster, times I just get tired of the different wood grains and densities and want a good stamp.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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