Making a serving scoop

I’ve tried to be a bit more judicious about how far I’d go to pick up wood and how much wood I’d pick up this year, and so it’s only a week or so ago that I finally got some fresh green wood to work with.

Someone in the neighborhood had a tree cut down, and I picked up a 5 foot long log of something I didn’t recognize. I cut it with the chainsaw and split it right away so it wouldn’t go to waste.

I used the adz to hollow out the bowl, used the hatchet to shape it.

A rough cut scoop
A rough cut scoop

I used the draw knife and shave horse to round out the bottom. I love using the draw knife. It can take material off so quickly, but gives such good control. I’m also pretty good at sharpening it, so that helps it work well too.

On The Shaving Horse
On The Shaving Horse
Another shot of the shave horse
Another shot of the shave horse

After all the rough shaping I used my swiss army knife and a spoon knife to smooth out any remaining bumps and cracks.

After that was done I put it in a paper bag where I’ll let it dry out slowly and hopefully not crack. After it’s dry, I’ll give it one more pass with the spoon knife and put it in the kitchen drawer.

Rough finished
Rough finished
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