Here is my submission for the Roundwood Woodworking - Straw - Make a Lightweight Spoon You Can Eat With BB.
UPDATE: added a final product picture showing the bowl shape of the spoon.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- my chunk of wood
- progress about halfway through (about finished with the hatchet)
- more progress photos with the hand tools I used
- final product (a lightweight spoon you can eat with)
Not sure if this BB requires hand tools only, but here is my list of hand tools used:
- sledgehammer (to pound on hatchet - early on in the hatchet work)
- two knives from a spoon carving knife set
- a spoon knife from the same spoon carving knife set
This BB is similar to the my sand-level wooden spoon BB, made from the same initial piece of wood (the other half of the round), and constructed to a higher quality (including sanding the finished spoon). I did use the same tablespoon as the template for both my spoon but the wood dictated different spoons. I'm going to let it dry out a bit more then oil it before I use it but it does fit nicely in my mouth. :)
I realized I didn't include sandpaper in the picture, but I sanded 60, 120, 240, and 400. Then wet the spoon to raise the grain and repeated sanding until it was smooth even after soaking in water. Finally I oiled it with perilla seed oil, a culinary/drying oil. I highly recommend perilla seed oil. It's a delicious salad oil and also polymerizes like linseed oil.
I pruned my fig tree, and read that fig has historically been used for figural carvings, and panels for painting, as it has low shrinkage and is not prone to checking. Seeing as those are both good signs for spon carving, I decided to give it a go. It is great for carving, though harder to finish as the wood is a bit fibrous. Got there in the end, though! The cabinet scraper helped a lot.
EDIT: added image of the spoon in a hand for scale!
He whai take kore noa anō te kupu mēnā mā nga mahi a te tangata ia e kōrero / His words are nothing if his works say otherwise
I'm a bit apprehensive about submitting my spoon for this BB - the quality of the other entrants is amazing (and quite daunting!). However, this is a spoon that I have just finished and that I will gladly use to eat from - it's lightweight, as specified, smooth and (I hope) of high enough quality to make the grade!
As with a recent Oddball BB, I used a piece of Prunus (a wild plum such as blackthorn or bullace, I'm not sure exactly what) that I gleaned from a local park. It had been cut to clear the path.
I used a saw to cut a piece to length, split it with a billhook and then used an axe, a hook knife and a sloyd knife to shape the spoon. I finished it with sandpaper (150, 240, 600) and coated it with Tung oil to protect and seal it.
Edit: I've added a shot with some dessert spoons for scale. It's quite large but I can fit the hole thing in my mouth. I would be happy (and will be happy) eating with it.
I can't show myself actually eating with it until the tung oil has fully polymerized. I hope that the evidence that I've provided is sufficient
Small-holding, coppice and grassland management on a 16-acre site.
To get certified for this BB, post three pictures:
- Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
- Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
- Final product (a lightweight spoon you can eat with)
I used the other half of the piece of wood I used for the sand badge.
I modelled it on a regular household spoon I use for soup, cereals etc.
I used a saw initially to cut the log to size, then an axe to remove the bulk of the wood before moving on to a whittling knife. I used a spoon knife to make the bowl. I finished with 240 sand paper. I'll get some finer paper before treating with tung oil.
Mike Haasl flagged this submission as an edge case BB. BBV price: 0 Note: Needs to be smoother and perhaps the spoon end a bit thinner. It appears to be too blunt to scoop up the last of the soup or other "fine motor skill" activities
Can anyone help me with a splitting problem? I'm working on my 3rd spoon that has split down the middle as I carve it. Is my wood too green? Am I using strokes that push the grains open? I'm getting better at carving, but my spoons still don't hold water :-/ Help please!