I’ve been carving some more spoons recently, mostly from some small pieces of wild cherry too small to do anything with but burn, given to me by a farmer.

This first picture shows the blank after roughing out with the axe and knife. 2016-02-25-18-47-22




Then shaping the profile and the bowl with sloyd knife and a shallow spoon knife.





This finished cherry spoon is not the same one (which I don’t have a photo of), but is similar in style (and from the same log, I think).


Copying spoons

It’s useful practice to try and copy other spoons directly.

This first one is copied from a Norwegian sugar spoon, probably in birch. My roughed out blank, also birch, is at the back.

birch sugar spoons


And this is the final version.

hook handle sugar spoon

Then I tried to copy a coffee scoop given to me as a present. I’ve slightly lengthened the handle (easier to dip into coffee pots and packets), and the profile curve isn’t quite as steep. I don’t know what the wood of the original is; mine is in sweet chestnut, from a pruning from my communal garden. It still needs finishing and oiling, but I like the radial pattern of the grain in the fish tail of the handle, combined with the hour glass in the bowl.

coffee scoops