This is the preferred wood for spoon carving. Once a spoon is roughed out of green wood it may be easily dried without cracking, as long as you have left no pith (center) in it. I tend to approach spoon carving in one of two ways, freestyle or duplication. I’m with Max on this, green wood is the way to go for carving spoons. The main trick to avoid cracking is to carve to an even thickness. Thinner areas will dry quicker than the thicker parts and the unequal drying rates is what causes cracking.
Carving a wooden spoon is a great activity because the process is directed, but still has a place for creativity. Carving a bowl takes longer and I wrap it in plastic bags with wood chips to slow the drying process down. Spoon carving is good practice for hatchet and knife skills, and a spoon is a beautiful sculpture that feeds more than one hunger!. So for all you shell-less dry-landers, almost any fresh bit of branch wood can make you a rough and ready (or polished and elegant) spoon. This is one of my favourite woods to carve in the green.
If you pause carving for a day or more, you can stick your workpiece in a paper bag to slow the drying process and give you more time to finish it up. There are times, particularly with maple, when the spoon is at a stage where it can’t be left to dry on its own because it is likely to develop stains. A good example is when carving spoons or bowls, etc. Green wood cuts easily.
Spoon Carving For Everyone
Many carvers believe that to carve, they need dry wood, but I ask, How long are you prepared to wait? Carving a spoon or cup green is always a pleasure, but there are plenty of decorative forms of carving that its far better to use seasoned timber. It’s worth knowing how to dry wood, even if it’s just to put a unique handle on your Bushcraft knife or your axe. By Robin Wood on April 22, 2014 in finishing wood, spoon carving. Now wash the work which will raise the grain, let it dry and sand again very gently with the finest paper. Aparently this process helps dry the wood and keep the wood from splitting. I promised to finish the spoon as a gift as she liked it, once it was dry it needed a few finishing cuts in order to achieve a smooth finish. I also saw a post by another friend Sharif Adams, he wrote on his blog of an Apple wood spoon I gave him when I visited his home for a bowl carving course at the start of the year. HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO CARVE A WOODEN SPOON?
Green Wood Spoon Carving Tutorial On The Craftsy Blog
To start with you’ll need a log of suitable spoon wood. Out here in Colorado this piece would be dry enough to carve on in about 6 weeks. Green wood is so much easier to carve than dry, seasoned wood. After carving out the split, I microwaved the spoon as before but for only 20 seconds, then put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. I like to draw out my spoon leaving areas of waste wood at each end as these act as handles when carving.