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What do fernheads, salads, and pears all have in common?

Posted on April 26, 2011 by Shopify API | 2 Comments

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!    

Posted in craft, curvy, diy, Fiddlehead, handmade, Spoon, Wood, woodcraft, Wooden, woodwork

Hackberry "T" Time

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Shopify API | 3 Comments

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!

Posted in craft, diy, environment, reclaimed, spoon, sustainable, Wood, Woodcraft, wooden, woodwork

WOOT

Posted on April 24, 2011 by Shopify API | 2 Comments

THIS WEEK IS GONNA BE EXCITING.

Individual posts of these spoons to come, but check out the curly sycamore and big leaf maple I get to work with this week.

Either gonna be some huge individual spoons or two medium ones, we’ll see. Probably gonna through some elm in there, maybe some hackberry or holly, and a guest wood O.O

Posted in Curly, Maple, Spoons, Wood

Spoons of teh Week

Posted on April 23, 2011 by Shopify API | 2 Comments

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!

Posted in birch, craft, curve, diy, fernhead, pear, reclaimed, scroll, spoons, Wood, wood carving, Wood craft, woodwork

TWO-FUR-TUESDAY

Posted on April 19, 2011 by Shopify API | 3 Comments

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.

Posted in craft, diy, Elm, Holly, Kitchen, Reclaimed, Spoon, Sustainable, Wood, Wood Carving, Woodcraft, Wooden, Woodwork

Spoons of the Week

Posted on April 17, 2011 by Shopify API | 1 Comment

During my sweet vacation time, I made these puppies. I know it’s only three, but hey, I got distracted by the Florida sands and theme parks. 

 The two towards the left are both holly, which I cut down just before I left for Florida. The branch they came from was about 12 feet long and only a couple inches in diameter and there is plenty mo’ holly to go ‘round. The spoon on the right is Siberian elm and way awesome. Its bowl is more teardrop shaped and pretty deep and the handle is nice and long. I’ll finish all three later today, take summore pics and do the individual posts later this week.

…AND ON THAT NOTE  I think I’ve figured out how this blog thing is going to work. Ima carve one spoon a day during the week (hopefully), post a couple group pics of the five rough cut spoons on the Sunday (like I did here), and over the week I’ll post the pictures of the individual spoons (and continue to carve, of course) that have been sanded and finished properly-the glamor shots. So, later this week I’ll upload some better pictures of these spoons lookin’ all hot AND a little coming-soon attraction.

Enjoy

OH YES

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Shopify API | 2 Comments

Readers, I tell you no lies. This is the summit, the epitome, of my spoon carving achievement thus far. I AM PROUD.

The bowl is even, the grain is beautiful, and the handle fits nicely into the hand of any who chose to enjoy the delicacies of wooden spoons. 

Ok, it’s not completely perfect. While the join between neck and bowl is good, it hasn’t yet reached that divine spoon ratio that I so seek. The bowl is even and smooth, but a bit too deep, lending this more of a scoop or super-size-me position in your spoon drawer. It is pretty wonderful though, in my humble opinion, to have this spoon be the mediator of delicious greek yogurt and my mouth. It is the means by which.

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