Post a photo of you spoons or Kuksas you have made

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  1. ColdFolk

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    Working on a stirring spoon/paddle. 'Tis my second spoon I've made. Haven't finished it yet, just wetted it with a paper towel to show the grain for a picture. Probably gonna use linseed, unless someone has something better they use. IMG_2416.JPG
     
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    Two I just finished in cherry.
     
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    Nice work! I like that grain pattern. May I ask what kind of wood?
     
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    I'd like to know the approximate size of the piece of wood you started with and the approximate volume of the kuksa you made (if you don't mind my asking). I'd like to try my hand at one and would like to make sure it's the right size for me. I'm guessing that's about a cup (8 oz or 240 ml)?
     
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    First 2 spoons i ever made. One on the left is Maple, shape and design was 100% improvised as i went along.

    One on the right is Red Alder. A baby spoon i carved for a friend.

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    walnut! First time using it in fact, really easy to work with, but it's a bit porous. And sometimes I'd accidentally take off way more than I was hoping. But for such a strong and pretty grain, very worth it.
     
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    Enjoying a stout out of a kuksa I carved, some of the tools I used and the ash stump it was born on. Cheers!
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    Wow, beautiful. Also, I'm sure you've answered this before somewhere, but who made that puukko, fixedblade?
     
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    Thanks! The blade is a Lauri from Finland that I put a handle on.
     
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    very cool, I like Lauri's, I have an erapuu which has a lauri blade
     
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    I'm quite happy with this one so far. I seem to be on a make it mini kick lately. This one is kinda big for eating spoon. Super tiny for a serving spoon. I could taper the sides down on the leading edge. But my gut tells me don't mess with it. So I've decided it's a coffee scoop. This is at 60 grit sanding. This is why I love yellow cedar. It's not a lot of work to get to this stage. Next is 120 grit followed by a burnishing. Still haven't choosen a oil. I'm happy to hear your thoughts on that.
    Cheers Jim
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    Edit: update sanded at 120.

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    Since yesterday was a coffee scoop. Today was the tea spoon to make a set. This is the other half of the scoop block, Sanded to 120.
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    FINALLY made another spoon. First successful one since getting my carving jack. I had to redeem myself after cutting through the backside of the one I was working on at camp.
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    Still needs a bit more sanding but for a freehand spoon and for my second one I'm okay with it.
     
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    I finished carving this one a couple of weeks ago, and still haven't gotten around to oiling it(Tung oil):oops: ... it's an eating spoon carved from Black Birch.

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    Thanks! Not too difficult to carve and I love the curly grain.
     
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    B0E6FF0E-9EFB-4E98-BD05-DCCB841187BE.jpeg D3C5A4D8-0276-48D1-872F-713C5CA449E5.jpeg I watched a YouTube video of Adam Hawker carving a spoon for the Zed outdoors channel that was the most informative I’ve seen, though lengthy. It was well worth it, as having a methodical process in carving made this so much smoother. I recommend checking it out when you have the time. Anyway, more shavings...black cherry spoon with basket weave kolrossing.
     
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    One I started last night.
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    Nice spoon Keith!
     
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    Thanks!
    I took a brake from carving spoons, now I can't stop thinking of the next one.
     
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    Too funny, same here. Then winter's Nor'Easters left me with more wood for carving than I can possibly use. I have a lot of Maple so I will be doing lots of Maple spoons.
     
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    This is a work in progress, A ladel/bowl. Idea is a tapered stick thru the hole as a handle. I'm going to make one for it from red cedar. This is yellow so should contrast nicely. But for camp you just bring the bowl and make a handle on site. This is number 4 in a yellow cedar set I'm working on.
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    This is my latest spoon, and first from the maple wood that nature gifted to me during the winter. I think it might be my favorite spoon I've carved to date, but then isn't that the way, our latest/newest is always... well most of the time, the best we have done yet, there for our favorite.

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    Agreed. My favorite spoon I've seen recently. Symitry is bang on. I've seen a variety of maple types. That looks very much like my local variety. Big leaf maple. I'm guessing it works as well too. Not to hard but more forgiving with a tool slip than cedar. Very impressed.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Thanks @Zunga , I'm not exactly sure which type of Maple it is, however I am pretty confident it is not "Big Leaf Maple", my guess is "Sugar Maple".
     
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    I'm still learning my trees. I believe big leaf is a west coast type. I've seen many types on this site. That's the first maple I've seen as white in colour to big leaf. Big leaf does some really cool colours when it spalts. I would assume your maple does similar. Be careful if you fall one. Center rot makes them very dangerous.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Some further work. Still more to go but closer to final shape.
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    Some more finishing work. Tapered the handle to grip you back. I had a "duh" moment. I used to use a round rasp or file to cut round tapers. Trouble is getting It even. I used U gouges to cut a line. Removed the bits in the middle and sanded. Much more accurate. Live and learn.
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    Today's spoon. I was given a piece of either teak or mahogany. It has a sweet floral smell. Not displeasing at all. The blank was quite small. So I ended up with a sugar spoon. Because of the nature of this wood. This is the thinnest I've gone so far.
    Cheers Jim
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    My first one ever. I learned a lot.
     
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    My first, second, and third spoons from left to right. Learned from each one and slowly getting better. First one is magnolia and other two are tulip poplar. The poplar is nice to practice on because it's soft and easy to work with but terrible for an actual spoon because it's very soft and pulpy type wood so it doesn't finish well.

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    It's been a while since I could carve. Felt good to be back at it.

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    Very nice!
     
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    Just started greenwood spoon carving myself and am working my way through all the posts on this thread. Nice work by all. Each and every one deserves a like!
     
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    About two hours start to finish, black cherry spoon.

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    The only thing that would make this picture better is if that Guinness were a pint full poured to perfection in Ireland. Excellent taste and skill my friend!
     
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    I've got many mostly done or not happy with spoons kicking around. This one had been oiled before I reworked it. It made the blade move easier imo. It clogged up the sand paper quick. I switched to mesh paper which is much easier to unclog. This is all bowl work so far. Some fine shaping and sanding still left to do. But I'm happier with it than the first version.
    Cheers Jim
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    Very nice sir! I enjoy the guessing game. I'm going with Birch? :dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    1525917380413319472534.jpg I gave my older brother a half finished spoon and he finished it. Now in return I have to finish this one. Our gift giving never ends.
     
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    Thank you. Nope, this one was black willow. Which is a very white wood. :33: My next one will be birch.
     
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    I believe that is the first pic of black willow I've seen. Other than a very white wood. Any distinct characteristics you can think of for educational purposes? From my own experience, my next guess would have been maple. But wood is so regional a guess is usually a shot in the dark. Thanks much!
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Well, it carves great if you ever get a chance to get some and try it. And it is very uniform.
     
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