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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon

    A little spoon

    A little spoon I made a few months back it was about 28" long. Apologies about the poor pictures, not a great photographer. Carved out of a piece of ?not sure? but I think its black locust that blew over at a friends house a few years back.

    The local homebrew club has a yearly contest so I've been doing spoons for the last few years as a runner up prize.

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    "Barley Sheaf" (or at least an attempt of... carving its a work in progress) on the handle.
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    Reportedly it works pretty well anyway.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Now THAT'S a spoon! Nicely done.
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Now that is cool Ryan!
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    That's cool! What did you use to carve it?

    I remember years ago a local shop had a skillet they claimed would scramble 28 eggs, and a spoon about that size.

    It's a multi purpose tool; if you took it on a canoe trip it could be your spare paddle.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Can't fool me, that's a mash paddle!
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Brent, you've found me out

    Roger, I used a variety of tools:

    • I rough cut the profile with a bandsaw (although I've used a handsaw in the past when I had no bandsaw, you just have to stop short of the curves and have more work to do later)
    • Further roughing of the profile was done with a draw knife, a spoke shave would also work and be easier to control
    • Before rounding the back of the spoons bowl I cut the inside with a gouge, actually two gouges one larger for the flatter parts and then a smaller one for the curvy bits
    • The curves were finished shaping with a set of iwasaki carving rasps, I have a set of three used here, an 8" fine cut, a half round fine cut and 6" extremely fine. Don't let the "fine" designation fool you these things remove wood like no tomorrow.
    • Sandpaper time, I actually like old belt sander belts that have busted here, you can clamp the piece down, grab the ends and really go to town, the longer stroke helps me fair the curves better. Sanded up through 400
    • A small v carving chisel was used for the attempt at some sort of s sheaf like symbol on the handle. I overshot a couple of the cuts but its not tooo bad. More practice and sharper tools help (the chisel got a good sharpening about 1/2 way through and then it went better.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice job on the "spoon" Ryan.

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