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Making a spoon

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. 

It gradually evolved. 

I used a sheath knife, a spoon knife and another spoon night. 

I smoothed it with sand paper. 

To this point. 

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……

9 comments on “Making a spoon

  1. ecogreenlover
    April 10, 2017

    It’s beautiful! 💚

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  2. Eddy Winko
    April 10, 2017

    Impressive stuff, I have a similar worm in my head so you may have just let it out 🙂 What kind of wood was it made from?

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    • lizard100
      April 10, 2017

      I’m not entirely sure. Too much of a novice but will find out.


    • lizard100
      April 10, 2017

      The wood was lime. It’s very light weight but not necessarily very strong.


      • Eddy Winko
        April 10, 2017

        I must give it a go, a perfect job whilst sipping a beer on the terrace on an evening. Thank you for nudging me…I just hope I have a go now 🙂

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      • lizard100
        April 10, 2017

        Do it. It’s brilliant. I was so surprised. I was also pleased that I didn’t need too many fancy tools.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Emily Scott
    April 10, 2017

    Lovely spoon. Check out my friend Thomas Bickerdike’s spoons, he has run a few spoon carving spoons in London:

    Liked by 1 person

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