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Project by terryR posted 618 days ago 1551 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, I have usually been calling these little guys ‘coffee’ spoons, but really they are table spoons…since they have many uses besides just scooping coffee grounds…sugar, salt, flour, etc.

No, I did NOT just knock out this handful of spoons…I roughed them out earlier this spring…and have just now finished the final shaping and sanding (blame it on the fencing, ya know). The glossy spoons are finished with shellac, and the ones with a subtle sheen received BBO…both are food safe!

I used mostly power tools to shape these spoons…but it is the hours of hand-sanding which produces the fine finish. And…yes…I also coiled the pine needle basket in the background of the first photo…another of my time-consuming hobbies.

In the second photo, are the African spoons…Leopardwood, Wenge, and Cocobolo. The Wenge is so black it’s just hard to photograph, but look how the coco likes to take center stage anyway…

Next, is the American group…starting with Apple, Redwood Burl, Rambutan (from Hawaii), and Osage Orange…I had to use epoxy and black saw dust to fill numerous cracks and voids in the first three spoons.

The forth photo shows the Mexican-area group of spoons…Bocote, Ziricote (impossibly black and brown…but awesome figure in person), Tigerwood, and Che-Chen…another subtle rosewood.

And, finally, two spoons from differing regions…Brazilian Rosewood and Honduras Rosewood…that last one is probably a keeper due to the amazing figure. Hey, I was taught long ago to NOT sell all my good stuff…gotta keep a few to show the journey of my life!

And, lastly, is a shot of the backside of some of the spoons. Occasionally, this is the best way to enjoy the figure…well…except for the first one…Ziricote. Just too black…but trust me, there’s hidden figure when seen up close.

Now that the fencing is complete, I’ll re-consider vending my wares again…So, that means, get ready for mo’ spoons in the future!

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed…

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 618 days ago

I’ll look at all the spoons you have to post. Beautiful work.

How long are they?

-- 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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#2 posted 618 days ago

Hey Terry these are really nice…... I like to buy two of them…. I am a coffee nut at home and at work…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 618 days ago

Terry they are great

What a wonderful addiction. :)


-- 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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#4 posted 618 days ago

Simply Beautiful!!!

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#5 posted 618 days ago

Awesome! wish I had more time to make spoons. People love these, very nice display of them as well.

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#6 posted 618 days ago

Terry, they look like you dipped them in “awesome”!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 618 days ago

Stunning array Terry. They are gorgeous without exception.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 618 days ago

that is quite a collection. Well done indeed.

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#9 posted 618 days ago

Wow Terry.Nice scoopers there for sure.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#10 posted 618 days ago

These are really beautiful! I don’t suspect you would have any troubles selling these (table) wares. The finish is quite nice… is that Tung oil? ...too shiny to be mineral oil and wax. I agree about the display method… nice!

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

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#11 posted 618 days ago

Thanks, everyone! The secret to a finish like this is simple…sand to 1500 grit…yuck!

But I buying vintage spokeshaves this weekend off fleaBay, so get ready for a new style?

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

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#12 posted 618 days ago

These are lovely spoons! Try these on a drill press and sand away!

Sanding Star 120 Grit #18Q92

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 618 days ago

Which power tool did you use to care out the spoon bowls, terry? They are so perfectly done; you must have real steady hands! It is a beautiful set of spoons, personalized for each person at a party!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#14 posted 617 days ago

Pine needle basket , you say ? Very cool ! Never seen one before.
Oh yeah , the spoons are awesome : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 617 days ago

Monte, sorry, these little guys are about 6-7” long…

Paul, I actually use several tools to carve out that part of the spoon…a Proxxon 2” angle grinder with a chainsaw attachment gets the most work done…carbide burrs, sanding dremel, and tons of hand work to remove nearly all tool marks.

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

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