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Walnut and Apple Spoons and a Spatula

Like the previous post, this is a very late post about a project I completed long ago.

These three spoons were made from my dwindling supply of walnut wood. The walnut wood I picked up 3 or so years ago after a strong series of storms hit the twin cities. I cut it up and saved it ever since. I’m now down to just a couple pieces.

These were all roughed out on the bandsaw, then the bowl and decorative details carved out by hand. The top two were given away as presents. The bottom one we kept and use.

When I give someone a spoon or other utensil I usually tell them that the right way to treat it is to hand-wash only, and to re-oil them monthly or so. I also tell them that we don’t do that — we put our wooden stuff through the dishwasher and use and abuse it — and our spoon has held up well.

I like making functional things, not things that need to be coddled.

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I also made a walnut bowl-scraping spatula and an apple-wood spoon. These were a present to some friends of ours, which we brought to their Christmas party along with some goodies to share (Pão de Quijo!).

The spatula is modeled after one that we saw at Caroline’s aunt and uncles house which I really liked. Ryan and I have since made one for our own home, which we use regularly.

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Walnut Firewood Spoon

This last weekend we went camping in Nauvoo, IL and I made sure that our hatchet was freshly sharpened. I also brought my bowl gouge and spoon knife.

When we bought firewood I was happy to find that it was nice dry walnut, and I found a piece without too many cracks in it.

Hannah tried to pick it up for me, but it was too unwieldy for her.

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I worked on it when we were sitting around the camp in between outings. Here we are on day two, working on shaping a spoon out of it. The shavings were useful for starting fires.

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I’m getting slightly smarter. I left a big nub on the end of the spoon until the very end. I used it to hold the spoon so I could make cuts from both directions both with the hatchet and with the spoon knife.

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I wanted to make a big spoon that would work well almost as a ladle. Since the handle was so fat, I carved a spiral into it to help it look a little bit lighter and to give it a touch of decoration.

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

I’ve seen these (and many fancier ones) wooden turned ornaments online and I decided to try making some.

One of the nice things about these was that they didn’t have to match or look any particular way. I could just turn them and let the wood determine how much to cut them and where.

I turned these all on the lathe. Once I got going each one took about half an hour to make. That’s still much longer than they should take, but much less time than it takes me to make a bowl or a rolling pin, or whatever.

These were lots of fun to make and I’ll be making more of them this coming year for sure.

After turning them on the lathe I sanded them down to 500 grit, then applied paste wax to make them shiny.

I ended up making five snowmen and two christmas trees. The ligher wood is apple, the darker wood is walnut.

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