Color Matched

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Project by Spoontaneous posted 08-11-2012 04:10 PM 1942 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 04:20 PM


I love the branch…. and I can’t wait to see what ideas have been inspired for the future!

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

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 04:27 PM

You are the the spoon master! absolutely beautiful!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 04:27 PM

Fine imaginative work.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 05:38 PM

Colour Matched is absolutely stunning. I’ve stared at this for several minutes now and have only just wrenched myself away to write this comment.

The spoons sublime and Catacomb wonderful, with just a light touch of humour.

All in British English I’m afraid but I’m sure Google Translate can help.

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

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 06:14 PM

another fine batch… the match art is very nice

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

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 06:16 PM

Thanks for sharing. I love all the spoons and the panel. Keep them coming!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 07:09 PM

These are beautiful! All the wonderful wood colors and figures! Of course I love the catacomb the best! It is absolutely outstanding!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Donna Menke

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#8 posted 08-11-2012 07:34 PM

I’m with Sheila- the Cata-comb is precious. I wish I had a reason to make one but my daughter cut her long hair a few years ago and mine is Summer-short. I’ll bet it would look great in figured maple too. Figure really adds a lot to the cattiness of the piece.

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

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#9 posted 08-12-2012 01:07 AM

Beautiful carvings . Thanks Terry .

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#10 posted 08-12-2012 12:28 PM

Terry, my friend, you need help!

No, no, not psych help…just another pair of hand to help with millions of matchsticks! :-) Your wall panels are so different from the carved spoons, but very intriguing…can’t help but stare at them for way too long…

Love your spoons…especially the 2nd one from the shaving bush…that raised vine looks great to me! And the kitty from Koa is superb!!! We have 6 cats…could sure use one that is easier to clean up after like the Koa! :-)

Thanks for sharing…

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

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Steve Esterby

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 02:55 AM

I can,t believe I missed these. You are one hell of an artist.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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