Carving again

I’ve noticed that when you are a carpenter, people expect you can do all kinds of things. Like run a spoon carving workshop at the city farm where I work. I’d never carved a spoon in my life, but a few YouTube videos later I cut out a piece of pine and made a demonstration model:

spoon_001

It’s okay. If you squint a bit. In a dark room.

Before someone else points it out, pine isn’t a great material for spoons, but we didn’t have any green wood so it was that or nothing.

The week after the workshop we were cutting down some trees on the farm. (I really should check these things before setting the dates of workshops…) and I was allowed first dibs on any nice looking green wood, so I took a piece of ash and made Spoon 2.1:

Spoon_002
It was meant to be half a set of small salad servers, but it seems a bit more like a wooden fish, and oiling it brought up all kinds of scuff marks and dings.

Rather than try and make a partner for it, I found a piece of silver birch and made spoon 3,1. At least this time I managed to make a celtic design at one end:

Spoon_003

A couple more attempts and I think I’ll be ready to make some as presents…

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