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Carve a first-timer spoon - PEP BB roundwood.sand.spoon

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Good morning,

here is the fresh cut of mastic (pistacia lentiscus) wood that had a dark hardened core.

Mastic wood has a pleasant scent to work with, soft wood but consistent strength.

Leaves, gum and fruit are all edible which is safe to bulid a cooking spoon.

Opted for a square handle for a better grip and keep the two wood colors display.

It will be flax oiled in another PEP BB.
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Note: I hereby certify this badge bit complete. You may find you want to shape the handle more later on. The nice thing about wooden spoons is they're easy to adjust!

 
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I've made enough spoons in my day that I can't really make a completely "beginner" spoon, but here's a quick one I made from a dogwood log from my neighbor. It's a cooking or serving sized spoon.

I've read that dogwood is prone to cracking when it dries, so I'm trying to dry the finished spoon slowly inside of a bag, which has worked well to avoid cracks in other crack-prone woods in the past.
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Dogwood log
Dogwood log
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Loppimg saw and axw to rough out spoon shape
Loppimg saw and axw to rough out spoon shape
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Handle shaped up and ready for the bowl
Handle shaped up and ready for the bowl
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Shaping the bowl
Shaping the bowl
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Shaping tools and spoon
Shaping tools and spoon
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Finished spoon
Finished spoon
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My attempt.
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step 1
step 1
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step 2
step 2
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step 3
step 3
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Here's the little spoon I carved un maple wood using my knife!
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The starting wood
The starting wood
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Halfway through
Halfway through
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The final spoon!
The final spoon!
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So I started the ladle first, but I didn't remove the core so predictably it split. Since I won't use a split ladle, I also did a spoon. I learned to remove the core and that curly willow is really hard to split.

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My submission for the first timer spoon PEP BB. I chose birch as my material, because it is readily available to me. I invested in a cheap set of carving knives - would recomment to invest a little more and get a good hook knife and a good sloyd knife. I learned to charpen those knives though. It was a lot of fun to carve the spoon and it got me hooked: I'm setting up to be able to carve more.
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The chose birch log with the axe used
The chose birch log with the axe used
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The billet is cut
The billet is cut
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The roughed out spoon ready for carving
The roughed out spoon ready for carving
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I bought a carving set for the purpose. I suggest investing a bit more and getting a better set than what I got. I learned how to sharpen knives though.
I bought a carving set for the purpose. I suggest investing a bit more and getting a better set than what I got. I learned how to sharpen knives though.
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The finished spoon
The finished spoon
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Profile view of the spoon
Profile view of the spoon
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This is the third spoon I ever made, but the first big spoon.
I used olive wood. The hardest part was where the handle meets the cup, if that description makes sense.
I don't know yet how thin I can go or how much power I can use before it would break, so that middle part is still quite thick, I find.
It will take many more spoons to find my confidence and take away more wood. Luckily my olive wood supply is kind of endless :D
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The selected piece of green olive wood for this spoon.
The selected piece of green olive wood for this spoon.
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Here you can see all the tools I have used
Here you can see all the tools I have used
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Done!
Done!
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done.  Great detail

 
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My first spoon is made out of fresh trimmed apple I found. It was fine to carve wet and  I put it down for over aweek to let it dry. I did not enjoy the finish carving of the dry wood. I sanded the spoon down to 220 grit by hand.
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apple wood I started with
apple wood I started with
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the tools I used to get it this far
the tools I used to get it this far
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the apple after it was split with the hatchet and peeled
the apple after it was split with the hatchet and peeled
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working on my spoon again now that it's dry
working on my spoon again now that it's dry
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finished spoon
finished spoon
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note shadow for bowl depth
note shadow for bowl depth
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done.  Great detail

 
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Here is my submission for the Roundwood - Sand - Spoon BB.

Minimum requirements:    
- useful size and shape    
- smooth    
- something you might actually use    
- made with hand tools only

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  
Attachment 1  - Your chunk of wood that you are starting with  
Attachment 2  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
Attachment 3  - Final product

I was very excited to use juniper for the pink coloration. I thought that this would be a lot easier than it was and I learned a lot. I've never carved a spoon before. There was a knot in the wood that was hard to work with so I tried to use an ember to burn the the bowl of the spoon but, in doing so, incurred some burn damage in the handle even though I thought I protected the spoon with wet clay. I used a mallet, an axe, a knife, a spoon carving knife, 3 grits of sandpaper, a pencil, and flax oil.

I spent at least 5 hrs on this spanning 3 different days because it was so demanding on my hands. I'm very happy with how the spoon came out and I'm looking forward to making a much better second spoon!
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Timber I used to make spoon
Timber I used to make spoon
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In process
In process
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Finished spoon in use
Finished spoon in use
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done.  Great design

 
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Second attempt.  Not totally happy with the shape, but makes a functional sugar spoon:
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Stick.
Stick.
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Begun.
Begun.
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Midway.
Midway.
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Final form with all tools.
Final form with all tools.
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In use.
In use.
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Note: I think you need to remove a lot more wood to make it more spoon-like

 
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