Cherry spoon with carved branch

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Project by Courtney posted 04-04-2013 12:32 AM 1841 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this cherry spoon today. As I did with the other I posted, I roughed this out with a hatchet and then used various gouges, a drawknife and a spokeshave to finish it up. Carving the branch on the handle was a lot of fun. I had a similar sketch in my notebook and tried to adapt it for the handle. I was pleased with how it turned out. The smoothing of the crevices between the “branches” was pretty tough, and I’d appreciate if other carvers would share which tool they use to best accomplish this. I gave this one to my husband since he’s a lefty and has been asking for a lefty oriented spoon for a while. Finished with mineral oil, and I’ll probably put some mineral oil/parafin wax mix on it after a few coates of the plain oil.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 02:08 AM

Lovely work.
For the more intricate work, I cheat a little and use the Dremel. I think it gives me more precision or maybe I’m just too lazy to fiddle around with delicate carving chisels !!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 02:15 AM

Courtney....Another great carving..The detail in the handle is awesome and is confirmation of your talent. I have nothing to offer in advice to your question. But if you post a forum regarding your carving questions, then you may get the answers you need from those who may not see this project post….Great job!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 06:16 AM

Great carving job. Good looking spoon.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 11:32 AM

Beautiful spoon! As I was looking at the pix, my first thought was “This thing is nice. She’s not gonna want to give this away.”
Then I read WHO you gave it to and … See there? You actually DIDNT! LOL

But what I am trying to figure out is how a spoon with a fairly straight handle is determined to be “Lefty oriented”?
Nice job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 11:43 AM

Great carving on this one! Cherry always makes for a nice looking spoon. Good looking spoon work here.

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 01:16 PM

An awesome spoon. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 10:00 PM

Thats a fine looking and practical spoon.

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

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 02:19 AM

Great looking hefty spoon. I was wondering how long it was and then I noticed that it is about 1 and 1/2 paper towel long. Nice work!

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

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#9 posted 04-05-2013 03:41 AM

That is a great design and as a lefty I support this message…

-- I never finish anyth

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 07:59 PM

It’s beautiful and looks like very comfortable to use. Like the beautiful shape and the carving. Great job!

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#11 posted 04-06-2013 02:25 PM

Thanks, everyone! Got some time in the woods yesterday with a friend and cut some great beech and cherry. More spoons and hopefully kuksas and bowls to com.
Joein10asee: The spoon is lefty because the left side of the bowl is the straighter and longer side. Yeah, it won’t be so bad keeping this one around :).
kdc68: As always, thanks for your generous compliments and encouragement. I’ll consider a forum topic in the near future.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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