Knot exactly functional.

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 04-01-2012 02:47 PM 2798 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

‘Square Knot’ is carved from a thin piece of Lilac. The square knot was one of the first knots I learned to tie in the Boy Scouts and one of the few I remember how to tie, “Left over right, right over left”. I didn’t intend to ‘free’ the knot part…. but by the time I got the ‘strings’ anywhere close to smooth my curiosity was piqued. I won’t ever try anything like this again until I get myself a scroll saw. And that’s final!

In the alley where I do my carving, one of the homeless guys (Ted) stops by to have a look. He is intrigued with the fragility of the spoon and asks if he can hold it. I say, “Okay, but just be really careful”. So he takes the spoon ever so gingerly into his hands and proceeds to squeeze the two ends together! And it didn’t break!! So there is a lot to like about Lilac. 8” long extended and 7 1/2” with the knot contracted.

‘Nodules’ is carved in Red Palm (with a little bit of spalting). 12”

‘Boat Ashore’ came from a little scrap of Serviceberry wood. If you draw a flattened triangle around the spoon that is what the scrap looked like… all sapwood with a little bit of heartwood at the short end of the triangle. 8 3/4” long.

‘Two Faced’ is Zebrawood, I think. It was among some wood I bought off Craig’s List. On each side of the spoon bowl I carved face profiles and just drilled holes for the eyes. 11 3/4” long.

‘Catch of the Day’ is from a piece of Star Magnolia a gentleman from MN sent me. It was a sort of trapezoidal piece of wood and I just cut the best part of the grain out on the bandsaw. As soon as I did the fish was there with the eye and the grain and so the bowl became a boat. 13” long.

‘Scoopy Doo’ came about at the request of a lady in Canada…. wanting a coffee scoop that stands up on its own. I think the wood is Ficus… plenty hard though. The ‘buttons’ are those BB looking things that you shoot out of a kids gun. 4 1/2” tall.

A couple of others:

‘Pink Dogwood’ was an experiment to see how food color would work as wood dye…. that way it could still be food safe. Carved in dogwood, of course. I have no idea how long the color would last if used in the kitchen.

‘Divided’ is carved from Star Fruit wood. The branch I found had this demarcation line running the length it shows up in this functional spoon. I think it is maybe 9”.

I carved one more for Mari from the purple plum she sent me

A functional ladle from our ‘enchanted’ weeping beech tree from Bernheim Forest:

And another maple seed spoon:

Another dogwood from the same branch…. not pink:

There’s a couple more but I haven’t gotten around to photograph them just yet… so I’ll save them for another post.

Thanks for having a look.

(Oh yeah…. Go UK Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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

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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 03:16 PM

Scoopy-Do. . . my favorite from a sea of favorites. Your work belongs in a museum.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 03:20 PM

oh-oh-oh “Boat Ashore” ... ooh-la-la
well, I love them all .. but that one made my eyes twinkle with delight.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 03:29 PM

I never can pick a favorite of your spoons. I like them all. Square Knot most have taken some time to do.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 04:15 PM

Love your work. And the lilac! It looks so fragile; I’m surprised it didn’t break when someone squeezed the ends together. And also… food coloring as a wood dye. Hmmmm, interesting! Thanks for showing all those.


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#5 posted 04-01-2012 04:29 PM

Thanks y’all. Yeah… with my clumsy fingers in the way, I don’t know why it didn’t break somewhere along the line. It is surely a testament to the wood properties of Lilac. Without a scrollsaw, I had to use a rotary bit and ‘rout’ down the middle of the strings. I thought ti would break then…. but it never did.

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

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 04:50 PM

You did it again! Lovely work! I saw some wood along the highway while driving home from work. It was a hedge of Caragana which needs some trimming. When I get some pieces cut, you’ll be getting a surprise package from me.
It’s no surprise now! Drat!!!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 05:02 PM

You’re a class act , Mr. Spoon. Square Knot especially fine, in more than one sense of the word. Your patience is also legendary.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 07:19 PM

these are as good as I’ve ever seen and a few of them are the best I’ve seen. Museum quality! Thanks for doing these. More.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 07:39 PM

Your always so creative,great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 09:02 PM


You are a genius…...........................

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

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 10:11 PM

Love’em. Great work as always.

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

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 10:37 PM

I love looking at the creativity and try to figure out how it was made

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 10:51 PM

Beautiful work. Being an old Boy Scout also I have to say “Square Knot” is my
favorite. They are all high class.
Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 04-02-2012 03:06 AM

Wonderful work, and the range of variety in shapes and styles is impressive. I enjoy seeing each new piece.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 04-02-2012 04:06 AM

I knew you could do it …. the knot looks perfect. But next time ya gotta cheat like I do.

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

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