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spooncarving video's

PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:03 am
by robin wood
I thought it would be nice to start a spooncarving thread. We have been teaching spooncarving courses for a while and found them very popular as it is such an accessible need for a lathe/horse,shed,regular large straight timber. Just pop out to the garden prune a shrub and whittle a spoon in the front room.

Here is the whole process in 4 videos, I rough the spoons out and Nicola refines the form and finishes them without sandpaper. ... re=related ... re=related ... re=related

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:27 pm
by paul atkin
really good videos robin, could you please let me know where you got the large curved hook knife that nicola is using in the final finishing vid.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:55 pm
by robin wood
Hi Paul,

It is a blade made by Bo Helgesson, its a slightly different curve to his normal one and I put it on a long handle because I have often fancied trying working that way. His normal hooks can be handled the same way. I have a few of them at £30 blade only. Not sure if I will be able to get any more he seems pretty busy on other stuff now.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:01 pm
by paul atkin
i am going to have a go at forging one in a couple of weeks, if i come unstuck i will contact you, thanks

Spoon carving thread

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:59 am
by Steve Martin
I agree that a spoon carving thread would be a nice addition. I make quite a few spoons and am trying to develop different ways of making them as well as different styles. In addition to carving, I turn a lot of spoons and am currently changing the axis for turning the exterior of the spoon bowls. It took me a couple of tries to figure out that starting with circular stock (branches) makes this changing axes more difficult or should I say less successful. I hand careve the inside of the spoon bowls after sawing or splitting the turned exterior. I have been pretty successful selling them, especially when turning them on my pole lathe as demos. I make a double ended spoon called a "tasting spoon" which people seem to particularly enjoy. I am also interested in learning more about the fancy Swedish carving of "wedding spoons", I think they're called.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:37 am
by robin wood
Hi Steve,
The turned spoons with changed axis sound interesting have you discovered how to post pictures yet? it would be great to see them. I rarely see turned/split spoons I like and the straight axis is one of the main problems with design I think.
One notable exception is a lovely pair of Kasa type ladle things Robin Fawcet just put on his Blog...they are great.


PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:54 am
by Steve Martin
Haven't got the picture thing sorted out but will keep working on it. So far, I've only moved the axis on the bowl end but moving it on the handle end should add some additional character. When I catch up with mowing the yard, I'm going to try that. Hopefully, I'll have the picture thing solved by then.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:24 pm
by paul atkin
Image a little bit rustic but very usable, these where carved by my 13yr old son, he sits for hours whittling away, far better than watching pc screens.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:57 pm
by robin wood
good on him, they look great...alder?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:11 pm
by paul atkin
apple, the remains from a local tree, the big stuff was turned into bowls, whats left gets used for spoons and spatulas, it keeps him happy, and gives us good quality time in the workshop :D

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:20 pm
by Fuzzy
I've got a few apple branches that I could definitely use for spoons, but I'm afraid they've dried out. Got them before I realized they'd be useful green, so I intentionally let them dry. Any way of resurrecting them to make them more easily carveable, or am I going to be stuck using power tools trying to make anything now?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:29 pm
by paul atkin
not really, you could try soaking but it wont help much, and apple is really hard when dry. i cut a batch of spoon blanks say 20 or so in one go, to stop them drying i put them in a plastic bag and then stick em in the freezer. when i whant to carve one, 30 seconds on defrost in the microwave and its ready to carve, fresh blanks whenever you need them.may help in the future :D

dry apple blanks

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:20 am
by Steve Martin
I have had some success with dry wood blanks by soaking them in a 50-50 mixture of water and liquid dishwashing detergent. I use the cheapest detergent I can find. Let the dry wood soak for a day or two. Then as you carve the spoon, or bowl, periodically dip it (or splash more on with a rag or brush) in the mixture every time you take a break. It doesn't seem to have any lasting efect on the oil finish and the slight smell of the detergent disappears after the item is completely dry. I've used this method successfully on cherry, maple and black walnut bowls and spoons but no apple spoons. Detergent is a surfactant which makes water "wetter", allowing it to penetrate deeper. With a really dry blank I sometimes soak it overnight, carve on it for an hour or two, soak overnight again, repeating as necessary until I'm finished.