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Wood spoon: The reason for the practice

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Project by jjw5858 posted 04-14-2013 11:15 PM 1080 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, I want to thank all of you for your kindness, inspiration and encouragement. Believe me I take a lot of pride hearing from woodworkers that come from all walks of the trade. Wether it be hand tools, machine work, or both, I am always very excited to share my part of the shop with such experienced and talented folks.

You may have recognized that I have been making spoons….lol. Well tonight sitting outside in the sunshine and hewing a piece of Paper Birch something magical happened. I suppose in sports talk we would say I entered “The Zone”. Funny part is…..I had no big plans to even make much of the piece I was working on. I was simply enjoying some extra time at the log and then the lines, the knife, and the hatchet all spoke the correct language. I began to see my shavings bringing forth something more than my usual style of output.

Just yesterday I was watching some footage of Jogge Sundqvist carving bowls and spoons. Of course I saw things in my own work that needed improving. I am truly glad for that time spent studying because I feel it put me in some sort of mindset that produced this piece I showcase here and now.

I have carved about 100 or more spoons, and I can honestly say it was to make this very spoon. For my level which is an intermediate spoon maker, I think this is really a spoon that captures what makes me continue to keep going back and doing this work all over again and again.

I thank you for looking and I am lucky to add that I captured video of this session of carving. In the coming week I hope to produce another video for my buddies to enjoy watching this spoon come to life!

All the best and thank you!

Joe

http://www.spoonscarver.com/

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 11:47 PM

I still marvel at the job you do with hand tools. Great job.

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

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 11:55 PM

Flawless! You were definitely in the “zone” on this. It is beautiful. Great job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 12:02 AM

Hi, Joe!
The spoon looks great! It is really cool when you have those “ah, ha!” moments and feel like you are really in tuned with your craft. I think we all understand what that is like and cheer each other on when one of us finds that wonderful, creative place. It is good to have a group such as this to share with. I found that sharing both my good times and my difficulties has helped me understand things better and has made them more meaningful.

I look forward to seeing your video. I am glad you had a great day!

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 12:32 AM

That is a cool spoon I really like the shape of the handle. Nice form to it!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kevin

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 02:51 AM

Beautiful, hard to beat the feeling when it all comes together like that. Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Courtney

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 02:59 PM

Really nice spoon, Joe! Jogge would be proud! What an awesome video that is. I also find that a really important part of the process of creating is putting the axe and knife down and picking up a pen, paper, and a collection of images from the internet, dvds and books.

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

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Roman Hrytsak

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 03:06 PM

Well done Joe. I too, have had my ‘zone’ moments. They are few and far between, but when they do happen – ENJOY!!!!
ps Tried Chef Jenn’s baked pancake recipe – a beautiful experience and will add it to the family recipe book.
Thanks Jenn.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 04-16-2013 04:49 AM

Joe, very sleek
Jamie

-- 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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jjw5858

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#9 posted 04-16-2013 02:51 PM

Thank you everyone for taking a look. If you enjoy spoon carving I ask you to please visit us at: http://www.spoonscarver.com/

We also ask you please like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/spoonscarvercom/440771882678340

Thank you all!

Birch Server

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

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