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

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Super excited that my tools finally arrived yesterday, so it was time to get started on my first spoon! I ordered the Mora 120, and Mora 164 online, and then grabbed a pair of cut resistant gloves from the local hardware store. The gloves were a bit of a pain as I didn't have my full finger movement, but pretty sure they're worth their weight in gold as I would've stabbed myself in the thumb a number of times with the end of the short knife...I also had a bit of old sandpaper lying around that I used to clean it up at the end and that made a big difference for making it look finished too. I used a saw (old rusty one as hubby keeps the new one with him in the car for work), axe (couldn't find either hatchets, pretty sure they're buried in the wood pile -_-), and a chunk of broken brick (for whacking the axe while splitting the wood. Had the axe set up where I wanted it, and the brick happened to be within arms reach. Quite surprised it held up!) to get the wood to a workable shape.

I didn't have too much in mind for what I wanted it to look like, but really happy with the end result! I haven't carved anything since I was a kid walking around with a pocket knife, and it was lots of fun and very addicting, so I can definitely see myself doing a lot more. I was also surprised in how short a time it took to make -- I'm by no means moving too fast these days, and it ended up being 2.5h from collecting the branch to the end result.
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Fallen branch I started with...not sure how green it is, but preferred using that than hacking away at one of the trees for now
Fallen branch I started with...not sure how green it is, but preferred using that than hacking away at one of the trees for now
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Rusty old saw helped me shorten it
Rusty old saw helped me shorten it
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Splitting with the axe
Splitting with the axe
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The chosen chunk, axe, and brick
The chosen chunk, axe, and brick
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Spent some time with the axe to get it into a more spoon looking shape
Spent some time with the axe to get it into a more spoon looking shape
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Half way through, which knife and hook knife
Half way through, which knife and hook knife
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Finished carving
Finished carving
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Sanding makes a big difference!
Sanding makes a big difference!
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Only realised at the end that I probably didn't want it super flat, so tried to shape it a bit
Only realised at the end that I probably didn't want it super flat, so tried to shape it a bit
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Not sure how it would be to eat with, but feels nice to hold!
Not sure how it would be to eat with, but feels nice to hold!
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On this project, I learned what greenwood is, and why carving a spoon from greenwood is easier!! Haha! 😆 so... the 3 sticks in the first pic didn't end up all becoming spoons. But I'm excited to try carving a nice, eating-spoon soon from better wood!

I tried carving a lip that will hold the spoon on the edge of the pot it stirs. I dislike fishing spoons out of pots! Hah. Ignore how much the spoon looks like a dick...... that WASN'T intentional

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Wood chunks
Wood chunks
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Half way through de-barking
Half way through de-barking
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Sanded a bit
Sanded a bit
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Oiled!
Oiled!
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Hello. Yes. There are 2 spots carved into the spoon that allowed it to hang on the edge of the pot. I will let you know which one I like better after I've used it a few times.
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Outside the pot
Outside the pot
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Inside the pot
Inside the pot
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Enjoyed this BB - It's been a while since I carved my last spoon and I used to do it all the time!
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 The starting hunk of greenwood
The starting hunk of greenwood
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After using the hatchet
After using the hatchet
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After carving the bowl out
After carving the bowl out
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Engraving
Engraving
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Burned
Burned
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After a few days of drying and sanding
After a few days of drying and sanding
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Oiled with raw linseed oil!
Oiled with raw linseed oil!
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This is the first spoon I've carved since the winter. I started with a piece of cotoneaster, I think, that I found lying in the woods after some paths had been trimmed (I also got some plum which I am very excited to carve!).

I used a hatchet to split off two blanks and for initial shaping. I then used a Mora 106 for the bulk of the carving and the finishing, alongside a Mora hook knife (I'm not sure which model but it's double-bevelled, not hollow ground and I really don't like it! I have asked a local blacksmith to make me one with a much tighter curve for right-hand only use). I gave the spoon a sand with some 150 grit paper to finish it.

The finished spoon is super smooth and lovely to hold in the hand. Much of the finish came from the carving itself, with the high spots knocked down with the tip of the 106 (in a scraping action) and then a touch with the sand paper. I also raised the grain with a damp sponge and re-sanded.

It's somewhere between a teaspoon and a desert/soup spoon in capacity. I'd happily use it to eat with - and intend to do so.

I've included the tools in the photos. I've also included photos of the blanks (with hatchet) and in progress shots (2x).
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Wood blanks
Wood blanks
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Hewing basic shape - confused doggo!
Hewing basic shape - confused doggo!
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Half way, ish
Half way, ish
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Done! With more tools
Done! With more tools
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Detail
Detail
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Detail
Detail
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Detail
Detail
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Detail
Detail
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A wooden spoon! It’s sort of a mixing spoon, not an eating spoon.
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I was thinking about a dipper from the top piece but screwed it up so I split the bottom log a couple times and sawed a blank to the appropriate length.
I was thinking about a dipper from the top piece but screwed it up so I split the bottom log a couple times and sawed a blank to the appropriate length.
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I did all the rough shaping to this point with a hatchet.
I did all the rough shaping to this point with a hatchet.
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From there I switched to hand knives.
From there I switched to hand knives.
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Done!
Done!
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Note: Keep going - thinner on the spooney end

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gir bot wrote:…thinner on the spooney end



At first I thought that meant to reduce the height of the bowl, but I’ve come to think, while carving at it, that you meant to widen the bowl and reduce the prominence of the rim. Hopefully that’s right. How’s this look? (It’s pretty different, but I’m not sure how drastically you thought it needed to be changed. )
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Minimum requirements:
  - useful size and shape
  - smooth
  - something you might actually use
  - made with hand tools only

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 - Your chunk 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



I used a fallen branch from a Tulip Tree. I cut a section long enough for the spoon and split it with a hand axe. I outlines a spoon shape and removed a fair bit of wood with my hand axe. I then used a whittling knife and spoon knife. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’m surprised how much my hands ached. It was hard work especially the knot in the spoon bit. The finer spoon in the next challenge is going to take a lot more practice.

Here are photos showing the tools I used.
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I carved my first-timer spoon!
I absolutely love the processes of carving and sculpture. I've made other things out of wood including a whittled rabbit, and an angle-ground-and-torch-burnt-moon-boat, but this is my first finished spoon.  
After some research, I decided to use sweet gum wood, a common Texas native that was reportedly both good for carving and mouth-friendly.
Some of my sources on the wood:
https://judyrobinsondesigns.com/2018/07/07/carving-sweetgum-spoons/
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/sweet-gum-useful.2431/

After searching the whole property for just the right branch, I found one that looked like it would block the walkway on a great side-limb of my favorite climbing tree sometime in the next couple of generations, and took it out with a handsaw. I carved the spoon, sanded it, and rubbed in some coconut oil and beeswax.

The bowl is narrower than I like, though usable, so I'll keep my eye out for a bigger branch for my next spoon.
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raw wood
raw wood
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starting to see the shape
starting to see the shape
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refining the shape with one of Grandpa's carving knives
refining the shape with one of Grandpa's carving knives
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finished!
finished!
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