Carving a wooden spoon is a great activity because the process is directed, but still has a place for creativity. The most important thing to first consider when carving a spoon is the type of wood that you’re going to use. This is the preferred wood for spoon carving. Ideal are woods like birch, apple, maple. That do not have a strong flavor (like black walnut does) and have fine dense grain. People used to use paw paw trees for carving spoons.
Fruit woods for a closer grain and nice patterns/colours. 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. 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. Stop by a lumber yard or high school woodshop to ask for free wood scraps to use when making spoons. (I use red oak and maple) is, of course, the first requirement for spoon carving.
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?. The fact that you’re not eating it helps a little, but when you use the spoon it will be in contact with your food, which will absorb and exchange with the wood. There is something about sitting around a campfire whittling and one of the first things that people want to make when they are out in the woods is a simple spoon. How to Carve a Wooden Spoon With a Few Simple Hand Tools. Soft woods like pine, basswood, poplar and others are great for carving.
Newbie Spoon Carving
Simple yet challenging: carving your own, beautiful, wooden spoon may be the most satisfying thing you have ever done. For some years before setting up shop, he traversed the country with his tools and bivvy on his back, sleeping in the woods, cutting trees, then carving and selling spoons on the street as a pedlar. I have a beautiful wooden spoon, one of my favorite things in my kitchen. You can use a band saw to make the initial cuts, but it isn’t necessary. If you use the wrong wood for a cup, the liquid can leak through the pores. You can only carve so many spoons in a day, so it has to be fairly easy to carve, and there has to be a very good supply of it locally, and it has to be functional. I carved my first spoons a couple of months ago and thought it would be a nice object to use to experiment with different wood species and shapes. I have been introduced to spoon carving and greenwood working almost 4 years ago while visiting friends in the UK, and got inspired to take it to the next step and my full day occupation after attending Spoonfest 2014. He’s also the builder of our beautiful spoonfest wood fired pizza oven. His workshops will be safe and effective axe and knife use, and spoon decoration involving natural grain types, engraving, and paint. Tom Bartlett of Sylva Spoon will be leading a four hour workshop that will take us from log to hand carved spoon. We’ll learn the properties of different woods, how to work with the grain of the wood when carving, how to select tree limbs so the grain of the wood follows the shape of the spoon and how to safely use an axe, knife and crook knife to carve a spoon from unseasoned wood.
Carve Your Own Spoon
A day of practical spoon carving in the woods. Using fresh green wood to carve your individual spoon under the expert guidance of Hannah. Enjoy the calm, reflective art of whittling and an excellent lunch in the beautiful setting of Cherry Wood. Students will learn how to select an ideal wood, how to use simple hand-carving tools and the process of finishing and curing their carvings.