Swedish Birch Serving Spoon

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Project by jjw5858 posted 05-27-2013 09:55 PM 1604 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello my friends!

My next spoon related blog will include some very vital lessons learned regarding grain and form. For me, no matter how much I think I have learned the well is never dry of additional information. This is a longer Birch server that I finished over the weekend.

I left the canvas blank on my handle from carving, somehow I felt the Birches buttery tones said enough and displayed its grace. The more I looked, I realized the confidence is within the emptiness of any carving. Sometimes the silence makes just as much of an impact as a crowded room of endless ideas.

I feel very happy to have made this spoon, the finial at the end of the handle for me was the perfect stopping point.

I am also preparing additional woodworking projects at my bench, all the while learning more important lessons of spoon craft.

As always I thank you for looking in!


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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 10:05 PM

I like this just as you did it. I also do appreciate simple design and the beauty of the wood. Very lovely and graceful!

Keep ‘um coming! ;)


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

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 10:41 PM

Nice job. It screams…....”pick me up!”

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 11:10 PM

Nice one, Joe. It has you signature style!!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 01:27 AM

As always your work shows classic workmanship. Something a lot of us lack. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 08:21 AM

It wood look good in a bowl of ice cream :)
I just got some pear branches, beautiful wood but at 3 year old
it gave as many blisters.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-28-2013 01:18 PM

Looks great. Nice work. I have used a lot of birch in my past projects. I love it and hate it at the same time. It carves well, but it’s strength and elasticity isn’t nearly as kind to carvers as bass wood for example, and the grain isn’t very interesting, but it has a nice color and is unmatched when used for kitchen utensils like this one. It doesn’t impart any flavor to foods or liquids being stirred and it holds up extremely well. I understand that birch is slightly antibiotic too. I wonder if the notches or finials at the ends were originally used as a way to hang them from cord or leather strips?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 03:46 PM

Fine looking spoon! The finial makes a great accent. Awesome spoon carving talent you have.

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 01:25 PM

That’s a spoon that would grace any table. I really must try some birch. I should be able to go for a walk and find some as they are quite a common tree in my neck of the woods.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 01:46 PM

You did a fine job on this spoon.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-08-2013 02:44 AM

Nice lines and yes sometimes the richness and body of the wood says it all!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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