|Project by Spoontaneous||posted 03-19-2013 12:20 AM||3733 views||5 times favorited||30 comments|
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)