Saturday, 25 August 2012

My Spoonfest spoons...

Since we've said a bit about what happened at Spoonfest, I thought I'd just take a minute to show the spoons I made in the coouple of days I was there - please be aware that these are in no way a reflection on theskills of those craftsmen who presented workshops and whose spoons are far superior to mine (though I'm working on it - it would be interesting to see what I produce now, with the principles and skills I've learned).

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From left to right:

1 - Birch serving spoon - this was the first spoon I made on Friday afternoon, engraved for my brother Adrian who turned 50 on the Saturday.
2 - Birch serving spoon - the side elevation doesn't do this one justice - I aimed to make a bowl with a straight keel, like the hull of a boat, and the handle is an irregular hexagon - actually rather nice to hold.
3 - Fat birch spoon - I have a natural tendancy to make my spoons (as well as my knives) over chunky - this is something I am going to consciously work on in the future.
4 - Willow eating spoon - made during Steve Tomlin's class, a more ridgid copy of one of his spoons (engraved RVH for my wife - just what she needed, another wooden spoon!) Next time I'm going to soften the edges a little.
5 - Birch eating spoon - a copy of a really dainty spoon that Barn put in the gallery. Suffice it to say, mine's not a patch on his, but I was working on achieving that really curvy profile, while using straight wood. It's really nice to hold, though my bowl's a little deep.
6 - This is the small scoop I made with Janharm ter Brugge in his class. He showed us a really simple method of carving these little spoons and scoops - I look forward to experimenting with it later.


  1. I understand about forcing yourself to take more wood away. i usually pass a spoon to my wife to look at, who then says the handle is too chunky and I take some more off :)

    1. Thanks for you comment, Alex, and for looking at our blog.
      I have carved a few recently where I've been fairly brutal in the amount of wood i've removed, and they've turned out rather well. i guess it's all about getting used to it. My brother has a Jarrod Stonedhal spoon which is so thin and delicate and i'm going to try and copy it - i'll post pics if it works out. Thanks Richard