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Woodworking Projects: Carving Wooden Spoons

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By Penelope Nicholls | Apr 5, 2016

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

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’ happenings. She’ 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.

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