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.