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.


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.





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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