Spoon carving.

Spoon carving with Jon Mac.
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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Spoon Carving...

It is an exciting time for me at the moment.
I am presently working with Christopher Grant on a design for a very usable and quick carving knife. He is a very well known Bladesmith who lives in a beautiful part of  West Scotland. He will have a prototype made up shortly and as soon as I can I will post some photographs. In the mean time it occurred to me that I haven't written about how to make a simple spoon...
The weather here has been wonderful these last few weeks and I have spent lots of time under the Golden Ash carving out some spoons for our next show.
I also thought it was high time I made a spoon for Sarah.
She sees so many spoons leaving for other homes that sometimes she fells a little left out...
Start off  by finding yourself a piece of green wood wide enough, plus a bit, that will accommodate the size of spoon you have in mind. Try and find a piece of Birch or Sycamore to start with as these woods lend themselves to spoon carving.

I salvaged a piece of Birch I had forgotten about in the garage and split a good sized billet from it, making sure before I began that the wood was sound, without any signs of splitting....

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The first thing to do is remove the bark, then roughly shape out the top face of the spoon with your sharp Axe...

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Make it straight it you wish or make it s little more feminine with a nice sweep...
Chop in the shoulders of the bowl. These cuts will also act as stop cuts when you start to reveal the handle sides...

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Once you have the shoulders cut in, remove the waste wood along the handle with either feather cuts or simply split the wood away...

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Here's what should be left...

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The next thing to do is carefully cut in a tilt to the bowl...

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And you will produce something  like this...

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Chop out the underside of the handle, keeping a nice sweep...

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And finally chop out the underside of the bowl...

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From this blank you can start with your carving knife. Carefully removing all that isn't needed.
Probably time for a coffee at this stage...

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I like to make my spoons as flowing as possible. Although this is harder and takes longer to achieve, I find the end result very pleasing...

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The final shape is beginning to appear...

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You will now have to pay some attention to cutting out the bowl using your spoon knife...

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Cutting across the grain...

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Now is the time to make another pot of coffee and start some old fashioned scraping until the spoon is smoother, ready for a little glass paper...

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Scrape, drink and eat...

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Until...

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Henny Penny, the wonderchicken says your work is done...

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Oh and not forgetting Floppity Flo...

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I am sure Sarah will love her new spoon.
I am taking details for courses over the summer for small groups, drop me a line at...
firststeps@thewood.eclipse.co.uk

Any questions then feel free to post a comment or even E mail me...



Enjoy...




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