I started on a sea grape wood spoon last night. I sawed off a nice limb at the beach, then got it home and found that it definitely does not want to split in straight splits, instead, choosing to crack in fractal twists all over the place, so I gave up and chopped out a spoon blank on the miter saw before I ruined the whole piece. The rest of the carving is all by hand, though.
And yes, the wood is actually pink. It's really pretty stuff - looks like it belongs on a beach.
This project will be carving a big, ugly, nearly useless spoon using only hand tools.
Big, ugly, & nearly useless? Check.
Wanted to make this a spork but once started didn't like the look of the wood on the fork end. Liked the feel of the flat handle though so decided to make it an oriental soup spoon-ish utensil. Those are not lumps & bumps. Those are carefully designed ergonomic features providing the latest innovations in customized wooden spoon technology. It has a deep cavity for maximum load capacity. Other features are the EZ pour spout & the stable non-spill design. Weeble spoons ... they wobble but they don't fall down.
This was made from the excess piece from my simple mallet. All else done with just the knife & sandpaper. And way too much time. Sixteen degrees outside was major factor in that.
A few minutes.
Maybe an hour.
Almost finished. Hours & hours. Then some more hours.
Rough guess this spoon is now worth $500. Value added. R&D costs. Engineering expenses. Will trade for a healthy chicken 'cuz I like ya'll.
Argue for your limitations and they are yours forever
Started off with part of a recently trimmed oak branch. Hatcheted in half and hatcheted down to basic shape. Whittled down with a knife and then realized my leatherman sucked as trying to get the bowl of the spoon carved out. By the time I got the curved knife it had dried out a bit, but still got it done.