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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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Carved black locust bowl

This bowl took me several years to make. I’d work on it for a while, then set it aside, then work on it, then set it aside. Since I never made much progress I never really took pictures of it, and then all of a sudden last Christmas it was done.

This is a bowl made from a crotch of black locust wood I picked up from someone on Craigslist.

It was carved out partly with forstner bits and partly by hand. The bark stayed on very nicely throughout the whole ordeal and the bottom didn’t show any real signs of cracking.

I sealed it with danish oil and gave it to my sister for Christmas last year where it has faithfully stored all the role playing game dice.

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A Maple Spoon by Carli

My brother Benjamin and his wife Carli came to town and Carli made a spoon!

We started with a nice scrap of maple. After Carli drew the design she wanted we clamped it to the workbench and hollowed out the bowl. We used an old lathe gouge that has been re-ground to do this sort of thing. Once the bowl was roughed out we used a bowl gouge to smooth the inside and get the final shape she wanted.

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Once the bowl was ready we moved to the bandsaw on the ShopSmith where Carli cut out the spoon’s profile.

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With most of the the spoon’s profile cut, Carli suited up and moved to the belt sander for shaping and making the curves.

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We did the sanding outside. Even with the shopvac sucking up sawdust it still manages to coat everything in a fine maple powder.

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We used 80 grit sandpaper on the belt sander, so once the spoon was the right shape we moved to hand sanding with 120, 220 and 400 grit sand paper.

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Once it was finally silky smooth, she sketched “~Moore~” a couple different ways, then transferred the one she liked best on to the spoon handle. I carefully carved it out with a pocket knife and didn’t even slip on the rounded corners or lose the middle of the Os.

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Finally we finished it with several coats of danish oil. This piece of maple had some beautiful quilting in it and Carli did a fantastic job!

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