Swedish Spoon Study

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Project by jjw5858 posted 05-01-2013 11:33 PM 2154 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends!

As of today this study of traditional Swedish spoon making has turned close to 300 days old…

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:

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

13 comments so far

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 11:50 PM

Your work is always top notch. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 11:54 PM

LOL….........LOL…........LOL Love the video and the cat…..................................ROAR !!!!!!!!!!!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 02:21 AM

Joe you have a bunch of them!! You are really good at it. I watched the video and I’m impressed at how you make them with out power tools!!............Jim

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

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 02:58 AM

I’m impressed as always.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 09:51 AM

Very nice, Joe. I think you really do an impressive job. It is good of you to take the time to make the videos, as most of us would never be able to see how this process is done otherwise. Was that your “director” at the end of the clip? :)

Very nice project you made!


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 11:05 AM

Nice Joe, so what is the next milestone?
I like the cradle cut for the crosscut, very clever.
Your cat scared my dog, lol

-- 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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#7 posted 05-02-2013 11:39 AM

Haa….thanks everyone. I figured that ending would add a good laugh to the whole process. Thank you very much for taking a look at this work I appreciate all of your time!

All the best,


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

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#8 posted 05-02-2013 12:55 PM

Very nice spoon. I went back and looked at your first spoon and I liked it too. Certainly much progress has been made since but the ‘hand of the maker’ is evident all the way through….. which for me gives the pieces ‘life’. If I had to make a spoon without my Foredom, I suspect it would take me a week and end up looking gnarly. Good work!

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

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#9 posted 05-02-2013 01:24 PM

Your spoon really looks nice, Joe.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 05-02-2013 04:58 PM

Wow, it really is amazing how much your skill has developed. They are truly works of art now.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 05-02-2013 09:29 PM

hi all your spoons are pieces of art carved with hand tools and love of wood

are the all carved out off green wood if so do the not crack and warp just a thought


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#12 posted 05-03-2013 04:53 PM

Beautiful and hand made spoons! Great shape and looks very comfortable to hold. Amazing work!

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#13 posted 05-05-2013 01:58 AM

Joe I think you have inspired me to try to make a spoon.
First I have to make one of those knives.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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