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A few years ago I remember reading a very enthusiastic Facebook post talking about spoon making.
At the time I confess I thought it was rather odd that the process of making a simple object that is so easy to buy could inspire so much passion.
Spoons? What’s the big deal.
In October last year I did a Forest Schools course. During that week we learned how to use hand tools to make simple objects.
At the end of the week, while learning about the tool maintenance we were told that a spoon knife existed for making spoons.
After a couple of days, I was given a spoon knife.
Time passed. I watched some online tutorials. Some of the skills I needed had been included in the course. A fortnight ago it was assessment week. During that week I was given a piece of wood.
It has spoon written right through it.
I didn’t take a picture while it had bark on it.
This week I picked up the piece of wood again. I worked on it. I used my spoon knife.
I used a sheath knife, a spoon knife and another spoon night.
I smoothed it with sand paper.
It’s a spoon.
And now I understand why someone could be so passionate about this simple wooden object.
Making a spoon is a great thing. I now need another piece of wood……
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