You may remember that early this year I decided to give spoon carving a chance. I finally got around to getting three spoons out of a drawer giving them a swipe of 220 and a coat of linseed oil. Two of the spoons were blanks that came with a set of knives I got for my mother – the other I fastened from tree to vessel with just an ax and blade.
Basswoood – my! what a joy to carve after slicing and dicing through some much harder woods. Carved as a demonstration project for my mom during my latest trip to canada. I made an extra effort to get a nice shawdow line along the handle. I also worked on consistent thickness across the bowl.
Birch – another learning spoon cut off a blank that came with my knife set. The grain pattern runs beautifully through the center of the spoon.
On a brief respite during my last trip to Portland – I limbed a branch off a tree that Brian was clearing to make way for some fruit trees. At least this segment will last for posterity as my new ice cream scoop/rice server/slop disher-outer. I am glad the bright red really came out of this wood because it was a tough species to carve. Initially I had a much thicker decorative handle, but despite using peter follansbee’s potato method cracks formed. Through a little investigation I discovered that the wood had some hollow veins in it – I brought the handle down to a thinner albeit less stunning shape.
When canoeing cypress creek a tributary of the Roanoke river in North Carolina, our path was blocked by a fallen tree. Wading through the murky waters and swimming snakes, David and I bucked a portion on the log so that we could pass. After setting up camp we carved the wood into spoons for our dinner. Back in DC, I sanded the spoon down and was honored to give it to Adriana Koheler on the occasion of her birthday.