Smooth Sumac Spoon with Dish

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Project by jjw5858 posted 04-22-2013 11:09 PM 2080 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy, my lumber jock friends!

More green woodenware here to share with you.

This project was all done in Smooth Sumac with a cameo by some additional new spoons in the mix!

I did not have a lot of timber for a larger bowl, so I made do with what I had and went for it.

This is only my second try at doing a dish/bowl setup, so I learned while I whittled.

Always wonderful to here from you, I hope this may be of interest.

Be well and take care my friends!


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

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Don W

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 11:12 PM

who would ever think a spoon and bowl could be made so interesting. Nicely done!

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#2 posted 04-22-2013 11:19 PM

All is well after a walk in the woods. Nice work Joe! The carvings are very nice.

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

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#3 posted 04-22-2013 11:49 PM

Very nice work! I love seeing your projects. :)


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#4 posted 04-22-2013 11:55 PM

Really nice job

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

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 12:37 AM

Very nice, Joe!!..............Jim

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 01:07 AM

Looking very nice.

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 02:08 AM

Joe I love it. I was going to start a series of spoons as well and am curious as to whether I should set up a jig for my router to take care of the spooning concave or if I should stick with small gouges???
Would you also recommend sticking with softer woods or the hard oak varieties?


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#8 posted 04-23-2013 07:20 AM

Great wee collection Joe
your own style is really coming through
Keep it up

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 09:02 AM

Great looking pair! I like the way the grain looks in the bowl.

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#10 posted 04-23-2013 11:22 AM

Wow! geat pieces.

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#11 posted 04-23-2013 04:14 PM

wow, Sumac?
I always thought of sumac as a toxic, poisonous tree. Or is it just the leaves? Can you set the record straight for me? Oh, and… NICE work, looks like a fun project!

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 07:09 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments!

The material here is Smooth Sumac it is not the poison variety. As long as you have red berries you are fine, if it’s white berries it’s poison.

The grain is wonderful in Smooth Sumac, carves almost like Basswood or Butternut. Not the first choice for making spoons since it is light in weight, but you can still use it and it’s a great wood to show nice grain.

Here is a short server spoon made in Smooth Sumac:
Smooth Sumac Server

A joy to carve with.

Thanks for looking friends,


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#13 posted 04-23-2013 07:14 PM

That’s a wonderful collection of spoons and the little dish is nice as well. I also like the small carving details that you put on the one spoon as well as the dish. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 04-24-2013 03:45 PM

Very cool Joe. They all look great.

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 02:34 PM

Really cool Joe, The chip carving adds a nice touch.

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