|Project by woodpezzer||posted 10-07-2012 09:53 PM||1911 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
We had our annual family reunion yesterday and, by tradition, my mother-in-law made her famous Chicken and Dumplings. She already had the dumplings on the stove when I arrived and when I handed her the spoon, her eyes lit up. She immediately popped it into the dumplings and began stirring. I neglected to measure the pan she always used for dumplings but, thankfully, when laid down in the pan, there was plenty of handle sticking out to prevent the spoon from sinking into the pan and getting lost. The much smaller spoon she had been using was promptly tossed into the sink. She was very happy with her new utensil, bragging on how great it works, which made me happy too! Once I get more experience in the art of spoon making I plan to make a matching ladle from the same tree.
Pic 1,2 &3: Made from Box Elder cut from my MIL’s property 20L X 2W mineral oil finish
BTW: When I went to get my bowl of dumplings I noticed she had marked the end of the spoon with her initials. She wanted to make absolutely sure no one at the reunion made off HER new spoon! My spoon was a hit.. as was her delicious chicken and dumplings!
Here’s my very first blog, with a few novice tips, about making this spoon: http://lumberjocks.com/woodpezzer/blog/32394
Pic 4: Cherry and Walnut. The Cherry spaghetti spoon set came from plans in Wood Magazine June 1995. The Walnut set was changed up a bit to create a spoon, pan side scraper and colander.
Pic 5: Top three spoons were carved from Apple tree limbs—We have a mini fruit tree orchard. Bottom two made from the MIL’s box elder tree. One has a pan scraper; the other has a bowl on both ends. ( For stirring two pots at once, LOL)
Pic 6: Made from a 2” X 20” sycamore limb from my own property that didn’t survive a recent storm. I peeled the bark and split it lengthwise on the band-saw. This limb nearly got tossed as I was expecting it to be a rather unremarkable white chunk of sycamore. Just goes to show.. you never know what you will find when cutting into a piece of wood!
Thanks for looking——Theresa