Swedish spoons in various woods

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Hello gang, this is my final output for the last of a total of 5 blogs I have written on the subject of carving wooden spoons in a swedish style. I left most of these plain and less chip carved just wanting to enjoy the more natural look of the grain. If you are new to the series you may enjoy reading about it here:

Everything as newcomers may not realize is all done in the traditional sloyd craft method of from the woods to my hatchet and carving knives finished with a health store olive oil.

Strictly hand work here and lots of testing and tuning…lol.

I hope you may enjoy this and get some inspiration to try your own.

This is a wonderful DVD that will teach you safe and proper moves if you have an interest in doing this:

My style of methods/tools in short:
(Please use caution with all moves and tools)

1. Pencil a traced template.

2. Cope saw out the top bowl portion (Optional, you mave hatchet as well and only relief saw cut the sides)

3. Hatchet down the handle, back of handle, back of bowl.

4. Use knives to hand carve to finished weight and size.

5. Hand gouge out the bowl and or hook knife.

6. Sand bowl moving from back to front (Sanding handle is optional for this. It is supposed to look handcarved and not machined!)

7. Ask Roger for his ice cream and try out your spoon…..lmao!

The woods used here are Hickory, Maple, Cherry, Butternut, and Black Walnut/sapwood

Fruitwoods are your best bet overall if these are going to be used for eating and not show only.

Thanks for looking friends!


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Don W

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#1 posted 673 days ago

as always, very cool.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 673 days ago

Very well done. Roger better get a lot of Ice Cream!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#3 posted 673 days ago

They look great

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#4 posted 673 days ago

LOL, Joe…. I was just gonna type…....... someone git the icecream, cuz we’ve got some spoons, and I’m ready. hehehe OH, and Monte: There is always icecream at the Kavanah house… hehe

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

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#5 posted 673 days ago

Very cool set. A lot of work went into these….. especially using only hand tools. I always have to cheat with the Foredom. If I set out to make a spoon ‘by hand’, I suspect it would take me a month and three fingers. If you are going to use these for ice cream, it has to be homemade ice cream.

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

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#6 posted 672 days ago

Nicely done job on them all.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 672 days ago

Now that is one large lot of spoons. Well done and the blogs were informative.
Joe you are doing the green woodworkers a great service. Keep it up and pass it on.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 672 days ago

That is a great selection

The olive oil brings out the grain.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 672 days ago

Great job on the spoons. Looks like a fun process.

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#10 posted 672 days ago

Very nice Joe, your getting good at those.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 672 days ago

Oh, I am loving all of the spoons – we definitely have a spoon trend going on here and I blame (give credit to?) your blogs for a lot of that!

I am trying to figure out how to get some nice cherry or apple trees, nicely cut into spoon-worthy chunks and delivered to my door! I can already see myself in front of the winter fire, carving out spoons for everyone I know!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#12 posted 670 days ago

What a wonderful bunch of spoons, really inspirering.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 668 days ago

You say Ice cream, I am thinking stew.. what a great stew spoon..I love em Joe.. will be taking a try at some myself very soon.. looks like a great winter time project.. can build up some good heat carving with a hatchet..keep em coming.. Papa


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