Wood spoon: The reason for the practice

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Project by jjw5858 posted 368 days ago 837 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!


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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 368 days ago

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

-- 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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#2 posted 368 days ago

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 368 days ago

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

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 368 days ago

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!!

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#5 posted 368 days ago

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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#6 posted 367 days ago

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 367 days ago

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 367 days ago

Joe, very sleek

-- 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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#9 posted 366 days ago

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Thank you all!

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

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