Our Christmas tree, Limmy II, keeps on giving. After whittling our butter knife I had enough wood left over for a small project. Since we were visiting Scott’s Nan in Spain this month, I made a wooden spoon for her herbs and spices.
I remembered to take a ‘before’ photo this time! You can see how chiseled the spoon looked before sanding — there is something I like about it though. Perhaps when I improve I’ll be able to carve spoons to a point and leave them looking rustic rather than unfinished.
Carving such as small spoon was tricky and I fumbled around a fair bit. The knot in the drop between the bowl and handle was hard and the only way to shape it was to shave off a wafer thin layer of wood with each stroke of the blade. Slow work paid off though because it ended up nice and smooth.
Layers of walnut oil really bought out the knots and grain in the wood. Dot is lucky she got this spoon, I wanted to keep it! :)
If you are a whittler and reading this, do you have any advice about the best places to find wood for carving?