Swan Spoon O' Silver Birch!

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Project by jjw5858 posted 05-16-2013 10:14 PM 1048 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends, I thank you kindly for all of your past comments on my Japanese Gift Box project, it is always great to hear from all of you. Thank you!

This was a project I toyed with off and on the last 2 months and decided to finish it and share with the group.

This was a small spoon that I challenged myself with to see if I could give the appearance of a swans neck flowing from the back portion of the handle. This was truly a challenge, not something I would want to do to every spoon…lol.

This spoon was carved from Silver Birch.

Thank you all for looking in, be well and have fun!


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

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 10:24 PM

Beautiful! As one who is just starting to carve spoons (my initial effort was posted today), I am in awe.

-- Dave K.

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 10:55 PM

very graceful, just like a swan.. well done sir well done… you never fail to amaze me with your spoons.. Papa


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#3 posted 05-16-2013 11:08 PM

You achieved you goal of a swan like graceful appearance. I just hope the spoon is not as aggressive as a swan!

As I have never used it, how does silver birch carve?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 05-16-2013 11:31 PM

very nice Joe. Keep pushing!

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#5 posted 05-16-2013 11:51 PM

Sweet spoon , Joe

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

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 12:05 AM

A real beauty and pics 3 and 6 really show the “swans neck” you were trying to capture. Nice work.

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

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 01:24 AM

Thank you all! I appreciate your comments.

Old novice Birch is a joy to carve and one of the main woods used for making spoons and bowls. Thanks for the question I hope you get a chance to carve some!

All the best friends,


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

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#8 posted 05-17-2013 04:33 AM

Joe I crave to carve but I really need to pace myself with my RA. Sometimes 30 minutes at the PC does in my hands and wrists. I used to carve model railroad items, people, animals, trees, cars and the like but I didn’t have any issues back then!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 06:50 AM

I bet that took some thinking. Not to mention skill and patience. It finished up great.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#10 posted 05-17-2013 07:19 AM

Awesome job. Your work continues to inspire.

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

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 09:48 AM

Joe nice to see the next stage developing
That has a nice feel to it, to the eye at least unless you want me
to do the porridge test?
One of my students brought me a bag of apple tree pruning s, boy
these were three year old, talk about hard. :) Still it was fun.

-- 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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#12 posted 05-17-2013 01:16 PM

It’s wonderful, Joe. It’s really pleasing to the eye and I bet that it is a pleasure to hold it in your hand.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 05-17-2013 02:20 PM

Beautiful work as always Joe.

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

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#14 posted 05-18-2013 02:03 AM

Wow, thats cool, beautiful spoon man!

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

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#15 posted 05-18-2013 12:56 PM

I love seeing all of your wonderful posts. Your work is amazing! :)


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

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