Ok, so a few weeks ago I had to prune a limb off one of our flowering cherry trees, rather than throw it away, I decided to put the thicker parts to use: spoons. I have an old hatchet I picked up on Ebay, a lock-blade knife I found in a ditch, and a spoon knife I saw at Rocklers, so I went to work.
I roughed out the spoons in the green wood. This went pretty well.
I spent a lot of time carving out the bowls of the spoons. Learning techniques with the spoon knife was a matter or trial and error.
I spent some time working the profile down with a rasp and some 80-grit sandpaper. I finally figured out it was easier to just use my knife.
I had one serious distraction from my carving. While peeling some long slivers off the handle of one spoon my blade caught for an instant on a small irregularity, then jumped forward right where I was carelessly holding my left thumb. The result was predictable: a trip to the emergency room. At least my knife was sharp enough to make a very clean incision – about .75 inch wide and .5 inch deep in the inside of my thumb, next to the nail. “Almost surgical” the doctor said. So they glued it shut rather than stitch it. I’ll have a nice scar to remind me to be more careful.
I like the way the bowl turned out on this one. It is usable for scooping things up – kind of what you want from a spoon. Some of my other efforts were flat, or even downward slanting – not so good.
This one looks pretty good in the photo, but a twist in the handle makes it uncomfortable to use.
Here are the results of my efforts. I would have had an easier time with a thicker limb, I think. I do have a couple more pieces in the freezer, one with a decided bend in it. I think those might be better for my efforts.
Anyway. There are some real spoon artists on LJ. I hope that some of you might offer some advice on my future spoon efforts. Thanks for looking.
-- Dave K.