A choke cherry spoon

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  1. NevadaBlue

    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    If this works it will be my first real carved spoon. Immediately I found out that this is WORK! :D

    I have a piece of choke cherry from the walking stick project that has a nice curve in it. That curve had a limb but that is gone now. Working on it so far with just my @Bushcraft-kelso hawk. Time to sharpen a knife now I think.


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    This will be a small eating spoon to go with my new wooden bowl from @T. Pollock . :)
     
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  2. Bushcraft-kelso

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    Your doin good Greybeard!
     
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    That ought to make a nice one with that natural curve in it.
     
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    I like that curve, oughta be a good one. joe
     
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    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    That tomahawk does nice work!

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    Oh, I forgot, I did use the bandsaw and belt sander after the hawk. :rolleyes:

    So, need advice. I think the next step is to shape the inner part of the bowl and then shape the rest of the outer part of the spoon to match. Right? I want it to end up slim and thin instead of fat and stocky like me it is now.
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    Looks like it's coming a long very will. Prov 27:17
     
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    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    @mtnoutdoors , Mike, do you have choke cherry down there? I could throw some in the box with the challenge knife some day... :)
     
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    I have a BIG one in the front yard and all around. Thanks for asking how is the knife going? @NevadaBlue
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    NevadaBlue Graybeard Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    LOL, it is going pretty slow, not moving at all really. Gotta grind some.

    How about yours?
     
  11. T. Pollock

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    Love those lines... sexy! :3:
     
  12. NevadaBlue

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    Thanks Tim! I want it to nest inside the bowl when completed.

    Should I shape the inside of the spoon bowl first?
     
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  13. T. Pollock

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    I do the outside first but that may be the wrong way to go about it. I honestly don't do many spoons. @Fixedblade would be the man to ask about that, he carves with some amazing carvers and does an excellent job himself.
     
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    Mine I got the outside really close to shape, started on the bowl and kinda evened it out as I went.....if that makes sense. That being said....im only on #2 spoon at the moment...old plum tree wood from the yard...kinda hard lol yours is looking great so far! Watching!
     
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    At this point, I carve the inner bowl with a hook knife (or gouge).
    Then I clean the outside of the bowl. Not down to final shape tho.
    Then I start carving everything evenly (including handle) trying to keep equal thickness and symmetry on all.
    I clean up the bowl last.

    I do kuksa's like that too.
    Looks great so far :dblthumb:
     
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    plantedtao...thats what I meant lol.
     
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    :)
    Shown this way in the book "Swedish Carving Techniques" by Wille Sundqvist

    Going this way leaves room for error should you not get the right depth to the spoon bowl... I use it that way a lot.

    Another good tip is to freshen up you pencil lines before carving the bowl and the rest of the spoon.
     
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    Pencil lines?? Lol.....Ive just winged it so far! I think i need to read that book!!
     
  20. NevadaBlue

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    I haven’t read the book, but I use pencil lines. Well, a marker for the rough part and last night it got pencil marks on it. Thanks for the tips!
     
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    I typically focus on the bowl. Probaly why my handles are just a stick. My thinking is if you knock a hole in the bowl. Your effort is wasted on the rest. Where as a blade slip on the rest. May force a design change. But you still end with a spoon. Gouges rasps, and sandpaper is typical for me at this stage. I remove the bulk then sand and shape with paper and rasp. Then often back to the gouge to go thinner. I do the sanding to determine the interior shape. See if i need to remove more. First mistake I made and many do is making a bowl to deep for eating. You can take material off the bottom if you have a depth you like. Or shave your sides if you go deeper than you like. Slow and steady is the ticket. Imo!
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Yup it's work, makes you appreciate the spoons and other carved objects that you see on here that much more.
     
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    I did have to resort to power tools after some work with my spoon knife and gouge.

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    But, it is taking shape. The depth of the bowl is about right, but I need to extend that depth closer to the edges. The bottom needs to be thinned on the sides and the tip thinned. I have to be careful on the bottom, the limb that was coming out there created a little divot. I have filled it with super glue and it is drying now.
    The knob on the end of the handle will be a LOT smaller and the handle somewhat shorter so it will fit in the wooden bowl nicely. I did coat it with oil so I could see what the grain is doing.

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    Shaping up well! What kind of oil are you using? I have carved a few spoons but have never finished any...
     
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    That's beautiful brother !
     
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    Thanks everyone! This spoon is getting Almond oil because I have a bottle of it. Can’t find my walnut oil. Grrr...

    So, I deem this complete. I am scared to do any more. It holds one teaspoon of liquid, tested and certified. :p

    I discovered something that I have not seen discussed before. I found a way to precisely and accurately and controllably remove stock from the inside of the spoon bowl. I used my round nose gouge as a scraper. Turn it over so the convex side is up and pull it like a cabinet scraper. Worked VERY well.

    After more sanding and shaping, here is my first spoon!

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    :4:
     
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    Yeah, it looks a lot easier on "tv", doesn't it?
     
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    Nicely done brother!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    Great looking spoon! I tried making a spoon so it looks like me...kept getting little bowling balls.
     
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    Nice job on that spoon!
    Looks like it fits the bowl well.
     
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    Thanks everyone!

    After looking at the pictures I decided it needs some burned decorations, and a hole in the end of the handle. I will post a pic when I get around to decorating the spoon.
     
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    I've been scratching my head over ladles of all things. I work with a lot of milled wood. If i cut out a L shape. I'm cutting the bowl directly in end grain. Not easy at all. So how do I get the curve/right angle without starting with a monster round. Then you come along and start with a bent stick!:45: :45:ROFL!! Thanks buddy! :35:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Hello everyone,
    nice first spoon. Sorry to say this but you are now doomed for life to carving spoons. Still not to worry it gets us all in the end.
    Once again nice spoon.
    Regards Chris.
     
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    Looks excellent! Almost don’t believe that it’s your first!
     
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    Great job, @NevadaBlue !! Thanks for the tips, gang!!
     
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    Man-o-man - all it needs now is a bowl of beef stew.
     
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    When I first glanced at this (too fast), I thought it read "Cherry Coke spoon" I thought, why would you need.... OHHHH THAT'S what it said LOL!!
    :40::40:
     
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    Beautiful work!!
     
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    :p I thought a bent spoon should be made with a bent stick. Since I have never done this before, it seemed like it should work. The dark center of the little limb that came out on the bottom of the spoon almost got me, but not quite.

    I am working on that. The first recipe to hit the bowl and spoon may be a variation of @PAcanis ‘s canteen cup meal.
     
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    Greetings,

    Nice work @NevadaBlue! :dblthumb:

    Regards,

    Christos
     
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