Wood Carving a Spoon

Hello folks!
Dave has made it back in the shop.
I picked up a Mora 164 and wanted to try my hand at making a spoon from a log.

Mora 164

Mora 164

Here is my attempt.

spoon 5

This little project was a blast and I only cut myself once. I also had a good chance to use my shaving horse I made for my bench top. Boy did it work great!

spoon 1

History of spoon is long and interesting. Nobody knows when first spoon was used, but archeological findings can place some of the ornamental and religious spoons in the area of 1000 years BC. Those ancient spoons made from wood, flint, slate and ivory were in possessions of Egyptian priests and Pharaohs, and were made in very exotic and strange designs, often describing important religious events on their hilts and bowls with the use of hieroglyphs and elaborate drawings. By the time the age of Ancient Greece and Roman Empire, spoons became produced from bronze and silver and were more commonplace among wealthy class of people.
Here is my wooden version.


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Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Wood Carving a Spoon

  1. CFrye says:

    Sweet knife, Dave. Thanks for the demonstration on it’s use. Very informative! Now if I could just find one ‘in the wild’! I think I’d probably cheat and skip the hatchet work. I’d like to keep all my fingers! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  2. DIYaholic says:

    From log to utilitarian item, in one fell swoop.
    A few Q’s….
    Minus the initial sharpening, did you have to resharpen?
    How long of a process, from splitting the log with the froe(?), to a finished spoon?

    Glad you are able to get into the shop!!!

    Thank you, for taking us along on the learning expedition!

    I would have thought, with that hat….
    A “formal” spoon would have been the outcome!!

    Carry on….

    • David Bardin says:

      I likes Q’s
      Yes I hit it with 200 grit and the rouge stick for touch up. You want it as sharp as it can be.
      First spoon 4 hours. If I did it for a week, 30 min a spoon.
      Thank you stopping in and leaving a comment.
      I was waiting on the joke! Nice one………….

  3. eddieantley says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Dave great to see you in the shop ,still love the hat too,great video ,not much shop time here been rebuilding a boat , cool carving tool ,very sharp

  4. Pattern makers have all the cool tools. Years ago when I worked for a foundry the patternshop was a favorite hangout. Those guys knew how to party.

    • David Bardin says:

      I had bought a lot of tools from a good friend and in the set were many pattern makers tools. I also received some shrinkage rulers, some were even Starrett. Don’t go measuring some thing and then grab a normal ruler to make your mark. You will be off just a little bit.
      Thank you for the comment and please come again.

  5. Joe Lyddon says:

    Very GOOD, Dave!

    That’s a COOL lil tool! I can see how one could slip and cut one’s self with it though… Just like anything else, you have to learn the Fine Points by Using it…

    Thank you for the very useful carving Safety tips…

    Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Joe,
      This knife is a hazard just to try to use. Good gear and being aware of where all your digits are is a must. I exscaped with only one cut and that one was given trying to wrap the blade for storage.

  6. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave – Happy Thanksgiving! Gotta love the new hat! Is that a requirement for the spoon carving?

    Great to see you back in the shop and teaching us new stuff…..can’t say that I’ve seen this process before and it’s on my list to try someday…thanks……

    Wishing you and the family the best for the holidays….

    Jeff

    • David Bardin says:

      Hey Jeff! How are you?
      I was waiting on a hat comment. You are the first! And yes it is!
      Thank you my friend. Well if you have an axe and a bent steak knife. The world is your oyster. All you need is a spoon….
      Cheers Jeff happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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