spoon carving

Every kitchen has a wooden spoon but it’s great to have one that you’ve carved yourself. When practicing anything I like to end up with, or at least work towards, making a practical item. I think it’s better to have an idea of what you’d like rather than just whittling away until you end up with a tooth pick.

Yesterday I had a go at turning the spoon blank on the pole lathe, which if it goes right leaves you with two blanks. I got the idea from Mike Abbott’s Green Woodworking book.

cleaving

you start by cleaving the log though the pith and then rounding it off on the shave horse.
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spoon blank turning detail

Next you turn a spoon shape on the lathe and remember to -as I forgot- leave a stub at the end to avoid the mark made by the metal centres.

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Then the scary bit cleaving the blank into two. Be brave.

turned spoon blanks

spoon carving detail

Then you have to carve out the bowl using a spoon carving knife.

carved spoons

spoon carving knife

Here are some that I’ve carved free hand.

3 thoughts on “spoon carving

  1. Sarah says:

    good to see you back!

  2. Maarten-Jan says:

    Never seen spooncarving on a lathe! I think its a great way to start carving spoons. Like the unpredictable part about it. By any chance made more spoons like this?

  3. dibnah says:

    I should post the pic of them when they were finished. We use them all the time. I’ve not done a great deal of woodworking lately though. Thanks for looking.

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