Celtic Battle Ladle

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Project by darkhollow posted 711 days ago 1183 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is about 18” long, with a bowl about 7 1/2” across. It is made from a maple burl that I discovered while gathering firewood a couple of years ago. The primary shaping was accomplished with a single-beveled carving/hewing hatchet and a couple of adzes. The rest of the work was done with hand-tools (knives, gouges, chisels scrapers, hookknives, spoon and bowl planes, and spokeshaves.
... I’ve been calling it a “battle ladle” for the simple reason that it has a finger guard like a saber or sword.

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#1 posted 711 days ago

Great carving. Nothing like rooting in a woodpile.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 710 days ago

What’s amazing about this spoon is that from the front it looks plain, almost rudimentary. Flip it over and you discover beautiful and intricate carvings that look ‘tribal’. Now what I can’t figure… is how to make something like this without a ‘motor’!

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

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#3 posted 710 days ago

Way kool. Very detailed carvings

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 710 days ago

Really nice and the carving is very detailed.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#5 posted 710 days ago

Very impressive carvings…I like your style! I also love the contrast between the front and back…shows your control of hand tools nicely! keep it up!!!

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

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#6 posted 710 days ago

Nice work, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 710 days ago

This is one of my all time favorites here on
Master piece !

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bĂȘte mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#8 posted 709 days ago

That’s a very cool carving, great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 696 days ago

I’ll have to carve up some war spoons soon; nice battle ladle!

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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