|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 08-11-2012 04:10 PM||1246 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
Most of these projects were finished (or almost finished) a few months ago. Then I was handed a project at work that required late days and my teenage daughter came to visit for a 6 weeks and so these projects sat on the back burner until I recently had a chance to go in and finish them up.
The ‘Color Matched’ panel is simply a piece of plywood with dyed matchsticks glued onto the surface. A couple of years ago I saw a painting somewhat similar to this and wanted to try it in wood. Mine didn’t turn out anything like I wanted but it gave me some ideas for possible future projects.
I wrapped the panel with trim from Home Depot. The whole thing is about 24 1/2” square. This was a dining room table project for the most part and my wife became more anxious for me to finish it than I was. Approximately 3600 match sticks.
The Cedar branch spoon was carved from a piece of wood that Roman sent me. Cedar is so easy to work with and sands out easily.
The ‘Branch’ spoon is cut from a bottle brush tree… definitely non-functional.
On the maple burl spoon I just simply circled the areas with the burl figure and that dictated the shape on this one.
This next spoon is from a piece of (very hard) pignut hickory. My brother collected it from his wife’s grandfather’s farm and asked me to make a spoon. I tried to shape the end of the handle like an axe handle but that didn’t really turn out so well. The bowl has a little spout sticking out the side.
A few months back on the way to the shop I saw a big pile of branches with green bark next to the road for pickup. It turned out the be a ‘shaving brush’ tree which is a tropical tree with these beautiful pink flowers that resemble a shaving brush. The following spoon I carved from it while the wood was still sopping wet and I found it to be really soft in spots….. which made it hard to get a uniform surface in the bowl.
I cut into it again this past week… the bark no longer has the green color and the wood is a bit more dry…. hard even. I don’t know if my burrs are getting dull or if I just happen to pick all the really hard woods. This one I tried making it look like a vine growing around itself but the wood didn’t take detail as well as I would have liked.
Another piece of wood from Roman that he had marked ‘mayday’. There are some stress fractures along the side of the bowl and I thought to cut those out and reshape the bowl…. but decided not.
The cocobolo spoon I call ‘an old flame’ since it looks somewhat like a woman’s body with a head like a flame. I don’t really like working with this wood so much… but it does have some pretty colors.
One of the fellow Lumberjocks was generous enough to request a commision. He had seen the first ‘Catacomb’ and thought his daughter might appreciate having one since she is a cat lover. I found a piece of koa on Ebay that was somewhat reasonable. First time I have worked with koa and I like the ‘depth’ of the wood. The other catacomb was flat and this one is curved on both the vertical and horizontal axis.
Uh… well, I suppose that’s it. Thanks for having a look!
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)