Wood For Carving?

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  1. brswan

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    I'm wanting to try spoon carving. Most videos I've seen are using things as birch or even poplar. Wood that I do not have access to.

    I've one some research and it seems maple is suitable.

    Are there any other trees I can make spoons or even kuksas from?
     
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    Maple is certainly suitable but it is a rather hard wood and not all that easy to carve. If your just starting out carving there are lots of suitable woods and I'd recommend something softer than maple to start out with so that you don't get discouraged. Poplar for one is nice to carve.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'll see if I an find poplar in Orlando.
     
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    If you can't find some suitable wood for carving let me know and I can send you some. I'm about out of what I have already processed up but I've got to start processing up some more from logs soon.
     
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    Do you have basswood?
    Maple is on the hard side, but ok if you work it green..
    I can send a flat rate box of birch if needed
     
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    I say just use whatever you can get your hands on. Just make sure that it is not a toxic species, here in Ontario we don't really have any toxic species so it isn't an issue for me.

    Carving any wood green is easier than seasoned. So I say walk down to your local park after a big storm and see if there are any broken branches laying around, cut a piece or two, see where that takes you. This is how I started off before buying an entire tree to myself.
     
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    Thanks for the offer guys. Right now I'm a little strapped for cash and I wouldn't feel right about not paying you for shipping. I appreciate the gratitude tho.

    As far as basswood, I did some searching and we may have it. I'll have to look on my next outing. Thanks for the tip
     
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    Thanks for the info. Guess I could try green maple.
     
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    If the end game is solely to have and use a spoon you made then it might be worth it to track down a more suitable wood. But if it's more about exploring the hobby of spoon carving and trying to see if you might like it then just jump right in with your local Florida pines or whatever else you have around. You'll probably either love it or hate it, and if you love it then that first one won't be your last. Whatever wood you use, even if it's not suitable to eat with, you'll learn a lot so it won't be wasted time in my opinion. I've learned something new with each spoon I've made whether it's about wood grain, form and function, or design preferences. Most folks see a lot of things that they want to change or do better on after that first one. Then when you do get some really nice wood to make a spoon you won't have to worry as much about messing it up if its hard to come by. My amateur advice is to just start carving...
     
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    Great idea. That's exactly what I'll do. We have pines everywhere. If I enjoy it, I could always order the wood later.

    Thanks
     
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    I've had good luck with willow and I'm pretty sure you probably have plenty in Florida. Give it a try, I think you'll be pleased.


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    We definitely have willow. I'll am give that a shot too. Thank you
     
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    Often overlooked but vastly abundant in Florida used for bows, bats, walking sticks, fighting sticks etc is crape myrtle.
    Why not try making a spoon out of it?! Just a thought.
     
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    It is everywhere. I did some notches on left over trimmings I found on a neighbor's curb. And you're right, it does carve easily.
     
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    Cool, happy carving bud.
     
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