By Robin Wood on July 2, 2012 in spoon carving, trees and woodland. Is there a particular species that is your favourite for carving? I imagine that preferences change between small spoons, cooking spoons and hand carved bowls. If the spoon you want to carve is smaller than the piece of wood you’ve selected, use the table saw to cut the chunk into a thinner piece. I like the way in which the timber changes species during the making;) /p p Not sure this is the ‘pure’ way to hand carve a spoon but so what you end up with a good product. And I think you might be better off carving seasoned wood rather than green stuff. Alder is apparently bad for spoons because the wet-dry-wet-dry thing makes it crack. Failing that, I might experiment with the sap from whatever close relative grows best in my climate, and if that didn’t work then perhaps species that are intermediate.
Spoon crooks, also called elbows, are the natural bend in a branch or small tree. This is the preferred wood for spoon carving. Crooks are most commonly caused by a branch taking a turn where a small limb protrudes or where one has broken off. Say I want to carve a spoon from wood that I find, are there any trees I shouldn’t use due to their toxicity? Are any that are particularly easy to carve or hardy?. There are only 2 species in our country, and sambucus nigra can be very easily distinguished and is the only common species. Common wood types for spoons were Laurel wood, or known as Aspen. The more difficult to carve a design, the more it would symbolize the depth of the creators love and desire to labour on the behalf of his chosen lady.
There’s something special about handmade wooden spoons, some quality that lifts them head-and-shoulders above the cheap imported utensils which line the shelves of discount supermarkets. Of course, my initial wood carving experience produced a stove-top tool that was far from perfect. I read that some wood types can be poisonous. I’ve used Apple, basswood, and butternut for working spoons. A: To care for your wooden spoons, hand wash with soap and warm to hot water only. Q3: What kind of wood do you use to make your cooking utensils?
The first step in the process is to choose the right wood. For those new to carving, we would recommend green wood from a species that is not too hard. You will no doubt end up with aching hands regardless but there is no point making things more difficult than they need to be particularly for your first spoon. Eventually I found out that traditional wooden spoons are lap-carved from green wood, but I was already well on my way to developing a method that worked well in dry hard- woods. Black Walnut happens to be one of the lighter, more delicate wood types. Now that isn’t to say that it is not strong. Where his wood comes from, types of wood he uses – maple, maple burl, apple, plum, pear, birch, beech, saskatoon and more. I am when I am carving, these days I use mainly maple, birch, apple, wild cherry, and beech wood. Removing the bulk of the waste wood around the back of the spoon and along the sides of the spoon handle can be done using several ways. Knives and axes work well on green wood, especially well, and you can indeed use these tool types on dry wood, they are much less effective and especially is this so on harder, dense-grained woods. How to Carve a Wooden Spoon With a Few Simple Hand Tools.
How To Make A Wooden Spoon
The class will start with a discussion of different wood types, an explanation of the tools required, and an overview of the techniques used to cut wood. These species grow readily and easily in woodlands. Step five: Draw your spoon design on your wood block using a piece of charcoal or pencil, marking the handle and the bowl. This spoon carving session will do just that, either in a half day session or an evening or series of evening sessions. You will learn about different types of wood and how to make the best selection for your mini project, safe and efficient and axe knife work including different types of knives, wood working skills such as splitting and different knife grips. Any hardwood can be used, and I have used hard maple, soft maple, cherry, walnut, mesquite, oak, pecan, and a few other species that I can’t remember off-hand. I suggest beginning with a wood that is relatively easy to work, like soft maple or cherry.