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Project by NaFianna posted 01-28-2013 04:23 AM 914 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Big Spoons made as Christmas presents. Using the tools in the picture and lots of sandpaper down to 400 grit.
Carved from a Pohutakawa branch from my garden. Carved while green and allowed to dry (some in microwave) and finished with a chopping board oil (tung + citrus). Enjoyed doing it a lot . A bit rough but when sanded this wood is beautifully silky.


-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 06:33 AM

These all look very cool

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 11:55 AM

Great job, looks good

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 12:30 PM

Very nice!

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 12:37 PM

Nice looking work on all of these!

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 01:22 PM

Really nice collection of spoons….... I never received mine. <grin> I’m sure it was a simple overlook.

I was wondering about the wood and after having looked it up, that is when I ‘remembered’ you live in New Zealand. No wonder I didn’t know it.

My favorite of the bunch is third from right in the first photo. My address is….

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 01:28 PM

What is the drying process in the microwave? Was the branch just cut recently, than you put it in the microwave? How does that process work?

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#7 posted 01-28-2013 03:44 PM

You’ve been busy. I like the spatula with the wavy handle. Hand carving is nice on a sunny day out on the deck.

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 04:24 PM

Wow! Nice collection of spoons and I’m sure everyone was pleased after receiving one. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 08:08 PM

Thanks guys.
Lacy Lane – the microwave drying was only born out of impatience. Pohutukawa is a hardwood and I had cut the branch (maybe 8 inches diameter) perhaps a month earlier so was quite wet. The first spoon I microwaved for 5 min and it split. The next time I did it for 30secs and took it out to cool. I did this about 10 times over a day or two and each time it drew more moisture out. Seemed to work but patience would be better.

Murch you are right – there is something very fulfilling about hand carving.

Thanks to members – Spoontaneous and jjw5858 – for tips and inspiration.

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 12:39 AM

great spoons!!

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#11 posted 01-29-2013 01:39 PM

Nice work spoons are tricky they look great

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