Spoon 5

Cumaru was the driver here, that I’d never worked with it (as true of most woods) and that, having designs to make a few other things with it, to make a spoon would be a good way to learn how it responds to tools.

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I cut the shape with a jigsaw and a Ryoba.  The bowl I did as a tiered excavation with a router, later to be smoothed with a few different bits via Dremel.

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Sanded to 220, standard finish of tung oil cut 50/50 with limonene.  The wood was delightful to work, heavy, holds detail, beautiful smell.


In progress.

First, featuring sustainability (all wood sourced from town wood pile), no metal (no screws or nails, just dowels) and hopefully sturdiness (remains to be seen) begins to take shape.  An Adirondack chair, first chair I’ve ever built, design my own too – I’m really scared it will be a fail.  Most of wood is white oak (there were at least a dozen board feet of it lying graciously atop the pile on Tuesday), then there’s some oak from what looks like was an armoire, really lovely wood, might even be brown oak, and (we have a great scrap pile in this town) some mahogany to hold the back slats.  OK, ok, I confess there’s one piece of hickory that was not dump scrap but it had this cool fire pattern and I did not want to cut it in any way and I wanted a place for that pattern to be displayed so it becomes the back.  The stencil carve outs were in the brown oak already.  Weird spade hearts?

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Second, featuring one of my favored woods (orange osage) the first and second rounds of cuts in what is wanting to become a goose neck ladle.

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And third, what will become Box 12.  It’s grossly done but not glued or pinned or finished.  I really like the grain on the box (red birch).  The joints are as good as I’ve done yet, all tablesaw and careful measuring.  I am short some 1/4 inch walnut dowels to pin with, so it’s on pause.  The lid has assorted exotic but I am not much impressed, other than it looks fancy, that it’s good design or will endure.




Anyway, that’s July 5.  Reports will follow

Spoon 4 – New War Spoon

April and May 2013

The tribal version.  If a war spoon is to be wielded by the head of a family as appropriate for the nurture and protection of that family then a more substantial version would be needed by the head of a tribe.  Indeed, were there to be a national war spoon it would be the size of a great tree and could only be wielded by the great Spirit.

This tribal war spoon is about twenty inches long and is made of orange osage, a fabulous wood, very heavy and strong, yellow with distinct grains.

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Spoon 3 – Lilac

March 13, 2013

Yes, lilac.  There are some old lilacs (at least forty years) in front of the house and sometimes an older branch will fall off due to exhaustion, ants, old age, all of these.  Such a branch was on the ground this March, thick for lilac at almost two inches.  It called me.

First, I noticed the purple heartwood, and that it was very hard wood.  I guess it’s a cousin of olive.  Then I learned a little about ants, when I had run the thickest part through the table saw I saw them, still frozen in the saw dust, slowly shake off the cold and start to stagger around.  Carpenter ants.  The wood has a very distinct smell, not exactly like the flower but somehow related.  There are still ant tunnels in the handle.

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Spoon 2 – Rustic Ladle

Late February

Of mahogany.  The grooves meant to suggest a twisting were interesting.  As usual I learned that having a design well represented goes a long way.  I did not but I would like to come back to this theme perhaps even with a three strand braided attempt and more thoughtful execution.

Rustic Ladle almost there


Spoon 1 – Progenitor – “War Spoon”

If such a fancy name can be applied, if thinking of spoons in such grand terms is not outright silly, if having fun is ok.

Of course all progenitors have their own progenitors and it’s the shoulders of giants (or turtles) all the way down.  The specific ancestors of this spoon were also mahogany but had not wings or beaks or eyes or tails – mute and flightless spoons they were indeed.

To nurture and protect, never knowing which function is called for – standing ready.

New War Spoon Archetype