Cherry Spoon #2: Carving the bowl

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Blog entry by tr33surg3on posted 11-02-2011 06:19 AM 1011 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a Henry Taylor curved gouge at Hardwick’s in Seattle for this project. I think it’s a 13mm #6 sweep, which is slightly bigger than ideal, but I expect to mostly be using it for larger projects than this. It sharpened up nicely and carves the cherry very well. Bigger cuts feel like hard ice cream, which I understand is about right. Toward the end I ended up doing very light cuts which felt almost like shaving or planing, which surprised me. Won’t need much sandpaper at all. I used an electric hand drill with a precision twist-tie depth stop to drill a reference hole, then carved by eye. Very relaxing for the most part. If I started to get impatient or tired, I stopped to hone the gouge on a slip stone. 3/4 inch seemed quite deep at times.

-- Tim -- Tools to make tools to's tools all the way down.

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 08:15 AM

That’s pretty cool! Making a spoon has this appeal to me that I can’t quite put my finger on. I have only recently made my first wooden spoons. I turned a piece on the lathe and cut them in half to give me two spoons. I carved the bowls with a gouge similar to your new one. My bowls didn’t turn out as nice as your though.

I can’t wait to see the finished spoon.

Where’s Hardwick’s? I work in Seattle and I haven’t heard of it.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 01:26 PM

Looking really good! Nice carving, can’t go wrong with Henry Taylors!

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 01:41 PM

Nice job. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 06:11 PM

Thanks all. Brett: Hardwick’s is in the U district around Roosevelt and 42nd. I drove past it for years before I noticed it a few months ago. They’ve been there since the 30’s. It’s a great old-school hardware store. Mostly hand tools new and used, though I saw a nice old drill press. Everything from Lie-Nielsen planes to old worn-out files for pennies if you need to grind a cutter for something. It’s packed to the roof, you could explore for hours.

-- Tim -- Tools to make tools to's tools all the way down.

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