Carving Wood Spoons

Chestnut Cat spoon
Chestnut tea spoon carved for a friend who loves cats (click  for closer view)


As I add to my experience of making things with wood, I am delighted to have found the joy of carving wood spoons.  With simple, portable tools (an axe and a knife) and a few hours, green branches can be transformed into useable, unique wood spoons.

The process of carving spoons, as with any learning, is not without a curve.  After having carved dozens of spoons for the past month and a half, I am still in awe of how quickly one can move from branch to finished product.

So far, I have carved from branches of chestnut, plum, cherry, camillia, Southern magnolia, lilac, maple and mulberry. Learning from chestnut has been a joy.  Carving lilac, a very  hard wood, has been quite an experience.  But the results, no matter the wood, are intriguing, unique and beautiful.

From branch to rough spoon
From Chestnut limb to a rough spoon (click image for closer view)

The spoons are finished in food-safe oils such as walnut or coconut and they become ready for use.

If you have never used a wood spoon to stir your coffee, eat your porridge or serve vegetables, you ought to try one. No clanking of metal.  No cold-to-the-touch spoon.  No metal taste in your mouth.

I have a few spoons for sale in my shop.  You ought to try one!

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