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A wonderful lady from Texas purchased one of my simpler spoons for $30. She then proceeded to send me two boxes of wood cut on her property without allowing me to reimburse her for the postage. She then followed it up with an even larger box. I promised her I will get in the ‘last word’.... and I will. Part of the first shipment was this cactus skeleton (Cholla) and so I paired it with a piece of Wenge.

The second spoon is spalted beech (knife scales) and ebony wood. I call it ‘Rorschach’ as it reminds me of the ink blots found in psychology books. The veneer that runs through the spoon bowl also serves as a sort of spline to strengthen the joint with the handle.

The third spoon is from a decaying piece of wood I picked off the ground under a tropical tree called Royal Poinciana. The wood had some pretty markings.

The ‘Peace’ Spoon is ebony with amboyna burl knife scales. A sort of weird shaped spoon with the handle almost looking ‘melted’.

The next piece (Heart to Handle) came from my trip to the mountains last fall…. a piece of pine or at least some sort of evergreen that was so full of pitch that it actually brought my bandsaw to a halt. I had to clean the burrs out every minute or so with a wire brush. The piece of wood was at the base of a long dead tree and had some advanced decay on the exterior. When I cut it in two there were two distinct colors of wood.

The long spoon is from Starfruit wood and is fully functional. It is 15” long and quite strong.

The next two spoons both have hidden USB memory sticks inside. The cool thing about making these spoons is that I can use smaller, more affordable pieces of wood. The first one is of curly koa, bloodwood and Macassar ebony. On this one the USB was ‘vertical’ and the second was ‘horizontal’... which made the spoon neck a bit wide.

The second spoon is curly maple, ebony and amboyna.

Lastly, this is a spoon I made from really, really, really, really hard and difficult to work with Pignut hickory for a family member as it came from her grandfather’s farm. I do not like working with this wood…. unenjoyable… and this is the best I could get out of it.

As always, thanks for having a look.

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





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Roman Hrytsak

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#1 posted 394 days ago

As always the spoons are terrific. Nice to see them. RH

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 394 days ago

Now that is cool and some real beauties!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 394 days ago

Awesome Work! Really nice!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 393 days ago

As we would expect, your work is on a far higher level. Great work.

-- 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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peteg

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#5 posted 393 days ago

More simply fabulous work, you certainly have the edge on these spoons, : )
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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JimArnoldChess

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#6 posted 393 days ago

Very cool, Terry!

That curly Koa piece is awesome. My hands hurt just looking at that hickory, ha. Beautiful spoons from the master!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets

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harvey4804

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#7 posted 393 days ago

That cactus skeleton (Cholla) looks identical to a Southern California species of cacti called Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)
Very nice spoons!!!!

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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jjw5858

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#8 posted 393 days ago

Very creative and great looking woods on all of these!

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

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josh

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#9 posted 393 days ago

Spoontastic! Nice pics.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 393 days ago

Really nice set of spoons there Bud. Your work is inspiring,

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 393 days ago

Wow that’s about all I can say! Fantastic work and the combinations really work well together!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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moment

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#12 posted 393 days ago

Got to run my fingers over ” Cat-a- Comb ” for a few minutes and admire the compound curves along
the length and widith ….wow…and this was just your second one . And the wood was very nice . Then
I wrapped it up for my Daughters birthday present . I have always given the girls a handmade gift
for their special day . She was delighted when she opened it !! Thanks Spoon , from us both for taking the time to create this . I am going to have to get
something for myself !

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deon

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#13 posted 393 days ago

Elegant work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 393 days ago

wonderful story and the spoons are as magnificent as always!!
You are such an artist

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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murch

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#15 posted 393 days ago

Amazing work Spoons.I love them.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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