Woodworking Projects: Carving Wooden Spoons

Follow along our photo guide to carving wooden spoons out of a mulberry tree or similar woods.

| May/June 2016

  • With the right perspective, an unfortunate occurrence brings hand-crafted potential.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • Cut down to approximate size and properly clamped, split the log in half with a froe.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • The axe makes the first marks of the carving process.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • A home-fashioned elbow gutter adze handles tougher angles.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • Various gouges shave and carve the scoop’s bowl.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • Mark the scoop handle with pencil, and leave extra room for fine-tuning and sanding.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • A hand saw shapes the secured scoop on both sides.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • Wooden mallet, axe, adzes and gouges, and the shop boss, Daphne.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • The scoop is carved down to the rough shape and now is ready for lots and lots of sanding.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • The mulberry scoop, right before applying food-grade drying oil.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls
  • Tools of the old-fashioned woodworking trade.
    Photo by Penelope Nicholls

Some time back, a storm brought down a large mulberry branch in my yard. I thought it a perfect chance to carve a nice treenware piece, and one of the first things I thought of was to carve the wood into a much-needed wooden scoop.

Check out the photographs and steps I followed to carve a beautiful and functional homemade woodcraft piece – no power tools needed!  

Born and raised in Chicago, Penelope has always had a love for the woods and Mother Nature’s happenings. She’s found carving wood with old-fashioned methods, using only hand tools, to be the most physically and mentally stimulating way for her to pursue a favorite pastime. The chainsaw is the only power tool she uses, in order to cut the logs into manageable pieces.

7/8/2016 7:46:57 AM

She makes it look so easy! and if you take your time & do not rush it, it really is not that hard...and this is something that will last far longer than anything you could ever buy in any store or on line! I think this is just really awesome! :-)

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