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

    Another spoon

    Practice makes progress. This one has been "done" for quite a while but I finally got around to putting some oil on it and giving it a polish over the last couple of days.

    Made from a scrap of something from the scrap pile. I think it might be some sort of mahogany like substance, it carved pretty nice and takes a decent polish. There are a couple of small cracks in the end of the bowl that weren't visible until I started finish sanding it ()

    The knots are from bowl -> handle:
    1. Mathew Walker knot (ashely #681)
    2. Three strand twist over a core (presumably.. the thickness implies a core anyway )
    3. footrope knot (ashely #696)
    4. Four strand cage and two free floating balls (dreams of doing a monkeys fist on these were suppressed ).
    5. double footrope knot (ashely #697)

    Astute observers will note that the cage is four strands while the twist and knots are all three strand I had a theory on how to make a three strand spiral cage but decided to punt on this rendition as I was already well into the deep end.

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    My hand for scale.
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    Detail front and back of the Mathew Walker knot (ashely #681)
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    Detail front of the handle knots. The small knot is a "footrope knot" (ashely #696) and the large knot is a "double footrope knot" (ashely #697) which is a close kissing cousin of the more common "manrope knot" (crown and then wall vs wall and then crown). The primary end difference is that its easier to do a single (nice for continuity) and the ends come out the top instead of being tucked into back in. The back looks about the same
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Very cool Ryan. Very cool the knots made in the wood look excellent. Love that handle.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Another fantastic job. That's very impressive work there Ryan!
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  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Great stuff Ryan. Thanks for sharing that. The rope effect is very fluid. Almost makes the handle look soft.
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  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    nice work ryan,, you left a couple pebbles in the handle though
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    That is more than just a spoon. Fine art. Well done.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Just plan great work. Do you carve the rope?
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Thanks guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Just plan great work. Do you carve the rope?
    Yep, this was all hand carved. The rope was done with wrap a piece of paper with two lines drawn on it and then cut along the lines (where the paper meets itself being the third line) to mark out the low spots trick. The waste was then just carved out/rounded over with a couple of chisels. It was somewhat harder to keep it even on a small piece like this than I'd anticipated so there are a few spots where the strands are larger or smaller than I'm 100% happy with but I was mostly able to blend them in.

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