|Project by jjw5858||posted 05-01-2013 11:33 PM||1894 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
As of today this study of traditional Swedish spoon making has turned close to 300 days old…..wow.
In that time I am amazed just how much information I have learned and the possible count of spoons made is…a lot…lol.
My form in carving these has come far. I started with thick, larger, and much more heavier spoons that have gradually improved in overall fit and form. Hard to believe my first attempts was the project titled Handmade Cherry Spoon: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68661
I want anyone who is on the beginning paths of spoon making to look at my portfolio of works to see how each time these carvings would slowly over the course of attempts become more sculpted and correct. I look back and even though I want to almost cringe…lol, I am still proud that my determination held through the growing pains. I suppose my heart and passion wanted something more on my carving log than just a few attempts.
In the end what I wanted is what I am in the last 2 months getting….spoons that fit in my hand with grace, elegance, strength, and confidence. I now bring the lines and the weight of the spoons wood down without keeping too much fat on the bone. I can also now hold a roughed out blank in my hands and already tell you if that will be a good spoon or not.
This spoon here is a total winner for the holding, and the eating. I now understand eating, serving, and cooking forms and how they should hold. This particular spoon ironically is in Black Cherry sort of completing the journey of the first round of my learning in Sloyd Work.
The pride you can attain from learning the traditional methods of spoon making have been countless in my overall woodwork. I approach my tools and vision with improved skills and higher tuned instincts. Once you begin on this path of learning and participating in handicrafts you can only become a better woodworker.
So here is this spoon that I proudly call a Swedish spoon.
I thank you for taking this long journey with me and look forward to bringing you more. Now, my planes, saws, and other hand tools await me. It has been a little too long since tending to my Carving Throne aka (three legged stool) project. I feel I have gotten a very nice introduction to this work and it is something I will continue to share with all of you, but I crave some more of my other ideas to flow from pencil to paper to pine!
No matter what friends, please remember….and never forget that no matter how our grains of wood may roll….YOU STILL HAVE TO ROCK!....HEHEHEHE…..Enjoy the video! P.S. If you watch the video…please watch it until the time stops….and you will see a funny surprise at the very end…lol!
Thank you and have fun,
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW