|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 08-26-2012 01:45 PM||1454 views||3 times favorited||20 comments|
I can’t make it to the ‘shop’ (which is outside) this weekend due to the Isaac storm bringing in a lot of rain and wind… so I thought I’d go ahead and post what I have made up so far.
The ‘Worm’ spoon is carved in wild apple…. and I’m guessing it is about 9” long.
The spoon with the bark is redbud. A fine gentleman from MN had sent me a box of wood earlier in the year and this branch was part of the box. Either my burrs are getting dull or this is another hard wood.
The next 3 or 4 spoons are from ‘pen blanks’ which I purchased on Ebay. I would much rather work with larger wood but the prices they are getting on Ebay is out of my league. This last week I was determined to buy myself one pretty piece of wood on Ebay for my birthday present. I was eyeballing this really pretty piece of figured koa…... 6” x 2” x 1 1/4”..... a very small piece of wood. I figured I would pay all the way up to $50 if I had to.
Well….. that little piece went for $67 and with the $8.50 shipping charge took it to $75.00!!!! Over $300 a board foot. Oh well, so I bought a couple of smaller and less spectacular pieces. I really don’t know how someone can pay that much for a piece of wood…. make something from it… and then sell it for more than they paid. It knocks me right out of the game. I’m hoping to make a trip up to the hills in October and forage for some wood then.
The two toned wood is Honduras Rosewood burl…..5” long. It was a little thicker than some of the other pen blanks and gave me a little more leeway with curves.
The next pen blank is Buckeye burl…. which carved easily enough.
The ‘Monk’ Spoon is in ebony with some sapwood. It was a thin little blank and so not very dimensional. I don’t know how you other guys (and girls) can carve detail so small. I find it hard to get a clean line. This spoon can stand upright and is 5” tall.
‘Stubby’ is only 4 1/2” long from a piece of Amboyna burl that was mostly sapwood. I had my eye on some much finer (and larger) pieces of this wood from Ebay…. but once again, out of my league. So I saw this little chunk with just a tad of heartwood.
This piece of maple is from a cutoff from a previous spoon. It might be 10 -12” long. A spindly handle makes it not very useful though.
Actually, this last one isn’t really finished. I need to do some cleaning up on it, but I thought I’d go ahead and add it to the post. I call it ‘Ear Wings’ which I thought was clever and original. So after I made it, I did a google image search and found all sorts of other stuff with this title. They actually have jewelry ‘wings’ that attach to the ear.
Thanks for having a look.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)