Another European Pearwood spoon, this time a little more refined then it’s curly cousin (from tuesday). On this spoon I really wanted to experiment with a teardrop bowl trickling down a long stem and I think I got what I wanted (though there are definitely more spoons to squeeze out of this concept).
It’s deep bowl and teardrop shape lend it to more of a measuring spoon position in the cutlery drawer. I wasn’t very careful carving the bowl, however, so it measures only 2.13823 tablespoons and I’ve only found a few recipes requiring that quantity of crushed lemongrass seed.
If you’re into the whole adding-zesty-but-unknown-quantities-of-exotic-spices thing then I guess this is the spoon for you. It’s beautiful either way and would work fine if you were into super-sized portions of cereal, ice cream, or honey in your tea.
Sanded smooth, finished naturally and available HERE! Spoon safely!
For working so hard on this AWESOME MASUR BIRCH.
Believe it or not, the crazy spotty, mottled texture on this spoon is created when a boring beetle of the Finnish province of Karelia eat their way into the local birch trees. The trees fight back and once they have healed the area they’re left with this famous but rare figure.
This spoon really was a pleasure-and-a-half to carve and I’m definitely going to have to sequester summore Masur Birch for carving. I wanted something with a traditional bowl shape but with a handle that was a little more contemporary-minimalist and I ended up with this. The bowl, by the way, is great for scooping (here, it’s digging into some fresh Mexican avocado but ice cream and yogurt would also be great for this spoon).
This one’s definitely going up on Furls right HERE and I hope someone loves it as much as I do! Silky smooth (sanding this burl was AWESOME) and mouth and baby safe. EAT UP!
This spoon. THAT’S RIGHT, this monstrously well-endowed salad spoon was carved into curly cadence out of European Pearwood. They call pearwood the wood of woods, and MAN-O-MAN I CAN SEE WHY.
Its beautiful cafe color with a hint of pink really exudes woodiness and, when curled as exquisitely as it has been here, this pearwood reminds me why I fell in love with wood in the first place. That’s right, this spoon has saved my relationship with wood, or at least rekindled the glorious bonfire that the relationship once was.
But enough about the aphrodisiacal properties of pearwood, and more about this spoon. Personally, this spoons is the perfect compliment to a salad: not only is it a salad spoon but it’s large bowl makes tossing a pleasure, and it’s bodacious fiddlehead curve provides a lovely contrast to the organic crispness of a fresh salad.
Curly-Q is available for sale right HERE. As always, sanded to a lovely, satiny texture and finished with organic olive oil. You and your baby are safe!
Oh yes, the sweet comfort of domestic hardwoods. This little guy was rescued from an enormous hackberry log that was felled on a construction site a couple months ago.
He’s been repurposed as a teeny but resilient workhorse; despite his small stature and gentile appearance he can scoop the toughest of grains and most frozen ice cream (imagine the love child of a Mini Cooper and a Ford F-350).
I had a lot of fun carving this guy. Since he’s so small it only took a little while and with the extra time I added a little tail ornament and some engraving on the top. Why a “T” I don’t know, but if you’ve recently had a baby named Terrence, this spoon has his name on it (GET IT?>?>?).
I don’t know if I’ll put this spoon up for sale, since he has a few very light splits near the bowl, but they are really only aesthetic (no structural damage, pu-lease). Enjoy!
This week’s spoons are pretty exciting guys. We’ve got three European Pear spoons, one Masur Birch and one Hackberry.
I think they look pretty poppin’ right now, so I’m super psyched about finishing them. I did a lot of extra work on these getting some cool shapes and working on that DARN FERNHEAD curve on that pearwood spoon and I think it payed off. Also, nearly all have some great curly figure (which will really pop once they’re finished) and the Masur Birch IS WICKED because of its burly appearance.
Apparently, this birch tree grows all over the Finnish province of Karelia where it is often infested with boring beetles. When the tree heals the damage done by said beetle, it leaves a beautiful burly, dark grain pattern that looks amazing. I made the neck on this spoon pretty perky so it’s good for getting in the tight corners of a small ice cream pint. Let’s not forget our faithful, reclaimed hackberry. I tested out some engraving techniques on this little baby spoon and it worked pretty well. You can faintly see the outline and the small “T” below the little ornament on the very end of the handle.
All of these will be finished tomorrow and I HOPE to list them for sale on Furls later this week. More pictures to come!
So I promised pictures of the finished spoons on Saturday, and I am not one to disappoint. This week is pretty hectic though, what with easter parties coming up, so I couldn’t post last night BUT SCREW IT TWO-FUR-TUESDAY WOOT
I’m not gonna lie, these spoons are silky smooth. They just dive right through amaretto almond crunch like red hot holy excaliburs in buttery dragons.
It is not my complete intention to distract you with semipornographic ice cream pictures, so let’s talk about the facts. These here spoons are made of holly (just like harry potter’s wand) and elm (the elm has the dark spot and deeper bowl). Carving in holly and elm is a lovely experience; both woods are fairly easy to cut but leave beautiful surfaces (barely any chip out even rough carving) and show some gorgeous grain). What’s even more wonderful is both of these pieces of wood are reclaimed. That’s right, saved from the abysmal pits of my local landfill these spoons are 1000% eco-friendly (seriously, 1000%). They are both sanded to super softness and finished with organic soybean and olive oil so they are safe to any mouth, any where.
I’m thinking that I just might put these spoons up for sale on my etsy, but we’ll see. What is exciting is the wealth of new wood that arrived yesterday. I already started on a piece of european pearwood and MY OH MY is it wonderful. Pictures of that this weekend after a post about the other holly spoon sometime later this week.
Just thought I’d show you guys some of the blanks I cut before I left for Florida. From left to right we’ve got two holly spoons, two siberian elms, a hackberry and then another holly. Two of the hollies will make great little baby spoons, and I hope to have pictures up next week for these puppies. There is also an ebony blank I’m working on that isn’t pictured (soo naughty) that I’ll show off when I’m done.
I can’t wait to dig in, on the beach. That’s right BEACH SPOON CARVING. Believe it.
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