This project will be carving a beginner spoon using only hand tools. It should be of useful size and shape, smooth and something you might actually use. This should be a very basic and simple spoon, able to be built pretty quickly.
Does this count as a "big, ugly, nearly useless spoon using only hand tools"? Made it today and had to stop early because, well, I cut myself and was bleeding thtough the bandage onto the spoon, and so figured I should stop....
(I just ahve to say, I've wanted to carve a spoon since I was a kid, and got the mora spoon carving tool about 4 years ago for my birthday. Of course I've had babies and toddlers that whole time, and so never got around to finally carving a spoon. This Badge Bit worked as excellent motivation for me!)
This was carved from a dwarf apple tree that died almost 2 winters ago from the weight of snow. It's been sitting outside, soggy wet. I brought it inside and carved this spoon from it
Yeah, I discovered that fun fact about seasoned/green wood when I tried to carve swords and staves out of 2-year seasoned holly. Thee detail I could get was fantastic...but they were REALLY hard to carve. On the plus side, they didn't bend out of shape like the green wood ones do
Anyway, I'd been wanting to use up the apple wood from my apple tree, and the only green wood that is thick enough and I can easily access by my self is alder (which I'm pretty sure wouldn't make a good spoon, as it's so fluffy!).
Hmmmm, maybe that maple tree we copiced has thick enough branches now...
Because I have a million urgent things that need doing before new years (a week ago), I decided to spend the afternoon making a spoon and discovered that I'm really crappy at making a spoon. But I learned a lot and I want to take what I learned and try again. Maybe even get one of those curved knives.
I also discovered why a hand-carved spoon (even a machine-hand carved spoon) goes for 35-50 dollars in the local markets.
You did say it could be an "ugly, nearly useless spoon". I tried to make big, but my tools for cutting wood weren't good enough for that.
My tools: pocket knife, billhook, loopers.
My wood: willow
I cut it to length and split it with the billhook. I then used the billhook to take off the bark.
Things I learned:
1. willow is stringy.
2. green willow is nearly impossible to sand
3. making a spoon is kind of fun.
4. I really like my handle shape.
5. I should have noticed the pithy bit in the middle of the wood was softer than the rest and chosen a different piece of wood.
I need to find some way to dry this so it doesn't split too much and then sand it. But until then, I think it looks pretty neat.