Man, I can't even remember the last time I had a post about spoons up on this blog. Lately it has all been frilly stuff about quaiches and paracord beads. Beads! There was even some knitting thrown in! I'm at a loss for words and I apologize to any of you that have come looking for the latest round of poorly carved eating utensils. It just so happens that I have been kicking around out in the garage, freezing my you know what off, making a few spoons! Well, making a spoon or two and pulling a few off the work bench and getting them finished up. Pictures of those coming in a few days once I get around to getting them finished.
Now! On to the good stuff! First off the quaich I carved a few weeks ago has been finished with a nice coat of flax seed oil mixed with some beeswax. It was my first time working with beeswax and let me tell you I wasn't prepared for it to smell like honey! I guess I thought it would just smell like..well..wax. It smelled like fresh honey. It really deepened the colors and darkened the whole thing up nicely.
I can't wait to make more things out of this Tulip Poplar wood. I love the color of the heartwood. I have a few pieces left that I already have plans for.
Here is the finished quaich laying beside the other half of the log, notice the same colors running through it.
I have a few sticks of maple laying around as well, so I carved this spoon. I liked the way it came out and I purposely made the handle a lot thicker than normal. I wanted something that could be used for baking or cooking, with a focus on being strong enough to be used for mixing batters and such. It has a nice thick handle that fits well in the hand and feels strong enough for whatever task is set before it.
Here is a small eating sized spoon that I made for my father. It is made from ash and is laying on part of the log that it was made. Notice the growth rings. I just love the way it turned out. I love working with this seasoned ash. I have a good bit left, and if it could all be turned into spoons as nice as this once, I would be satisfied. I got this ash from my father's house in Pennsylvania. He, my brother, and I went out and cut the tree down that it came from. It seems fitting that a spoon made from it goes back to him. I hope he likes it.
Last, but not least, a coffee scoop made from maple. It is quite deep, deeper than this picture shows, but small enough to fit down inside the coffee can. I am putting this in the mail and sending it off to a friend of mine. Actually, all the items are being given away to friends. I hope they enjoy using them as much as I have enjoyed making them.
What's next? I'm off to Pennsylvania for the weekend this week. Going to be cutting some wood and visiting with my parents and family. I might even try to scrounge around for some cherry and or birch that I can bring back to do a few more carving projects. First though, I need to make a few slingshots. I've got a great idea for a design that I can't wait to see how it works. More on that later, this is a spoon focused post!
Happy carving all. May your knives stay sharp and your mind stay open!