However soaking them like that would remove the sugars at which point the wood would be cured even though it’s saturated. It’s nice to have a few hanging around in that state; it’s easy to grab one to take with you somewhere, along with a knife. You can casually carve while hanging out with a friend or just sitting by the river.

Once you get the hang of it, try harder woods like beech or hard maple. Eventually, you will seek out stock with bends and twists that seem to invite spoon making. Now at the very beginning it’s useful just to get a feel for the knife and how it removes material from your spoon blank. Carving along the shaft or handle of the spoon is the easiest place to practice. Start by taking small strokes, removing small amounts of material, and carving away from yourself. While there are situations where you can safely carve towards yourself, at the beginning it’s easier to just carve away.

Shape The Outside Of The Bowl

I keep a picture of a spoon in my mind, and it seems to go just fine. Start carving the bowl of the spoon out with your hook spoon, and when you get to the desired depth, switch to the straight knife and start working on the outside of the spoon. Learning how to carve a spoon isn’t difficult, but it does take practice. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about the process from just one spoon. A few years ago I was camping with some friends, and as soon as we got there, one of the guys started carving a spoon.

spoon carving

Then along came the hook knife; it makes life so much easier than hollowing with a gouge. These tools come in many shapes; some are more rounded, others shallower. Tuck it against your palm, and your thumb provides the leverage to pull the tool into the cut. The knife slices across the bowl most often, except when you are refining some shapes. These tools come in left- and right-handed versions.

Spoons For Sale; First Batch This Year

My Dad taught me how the Japanese master craftsman would use wood planes to get a mirror finish. Not sure this is the ‘pure’ way to hand carve a spoon but so what you end up with a good product. After extensive hand carving it was time to smooth out the carving marks with some sanding. Once you’ve roughed out the handle of the spoon it’s time to start working on the head. I found it easier to start with the convex back of the spoon rather than the dished out concave side. As a beginner the absolute easiest wood to try carving is Basswood, so it might be best to start there.

spoon carving

For me, it’s the best way to express and channel my creative energy as a designer. I will teach you how to hand carve your own wooden spoon using traditional Japanese tools and techniques. Once you have a basic understanding, I will guide you through the process of carving the bowl of the spoon with the spoon gouge, then designing and whittling the handle and top of the spoon.

If you want to spend more time carving – simply skip this step and remove more material by hand using the carving tools. Spoon Carving isn’t just a fun way to pass time, it’s a wonderful way to connect with your own talented hands and make something useful for your kitchen! Come learn the tricks of the trade from our seasoned spoon carver, Kent Young–a masterful and patient teacher. All participants will leave with the spoon they carved.

Leave it wrapped up in a cool, shady spot that won’t be subject to quick temperature changes. Avoid cutting towards yourself by changing angles and the direction you hold your chunk of wood. If you have to, go very slowly and take great care, using just your thumb to push and control the blade, so the edge is less likely to glance away from the wood. You could even use a sturdy piece of leather to protect your legs or body, which can also double as your spoon/tool roll. If you do end up with a recently cut piece of wood – greenwood – don’t let it dry out while you carve as it will likely crack. Soak it in water between sessions and keep it wrapped up in a plastic bag to retain moisture.

Using traditional Japanese tools, this wooden spoon carving kit will teach you how to design, carve, and hollow out the bowl of the spoon. It’s a fun afternoon project and easy for anyone to learn. The best part is that you get to finish and keep your very own custom creation.

  • Using traditional Japanese tools, this beginner level spoon carving kit will teach you how to carve and hollow out the bowl of a spoon.
  • Chopping Boards A solid mango wood chopping board is the best way to chop and serve food.
  • Since this is spoon carving for beginners, let’s try to keep things easy.

Two uprights are dropped into mortises in the bed, then heavy-duty bungee strapped between them. The lathes worked very well, and the students worked very hard. Here, she’s showing the 7 blanks she just split out of this one quarter section of black birch. She squeezes out a lot of spoons from a small section of wood. Here David and Andy work together to line up the clamps on Andy’s horse. When I was little, we had to come in when the streetlights came on…so what was I doing reading a book called “Country Woodcraft” by Drew Langsner?

Spoon Blanks

I’m still pretty new to spoon carving, so learning all the nuances with the grain direction is a super fun process. If you have a band sander, mot of the “carving” can be achieved using that tool, including the back and the handle. I’ve been collecting spoons of the world for a while and have always had an interest in odd spoons. Big ones, tiny ones, it doesn’t mater really, there’s just something about the spoon that from a design and function standpoint catches my interest. At some point I eventually started making my own spoons, and carving them with other people as well as a social event – it’s a great thing to share in as a group activity.

Spoon carving is an easy craft for beginners to undertake successfully. Once you complete your first carved spoon, you may find that whittling out such a simple yet immensely useful object is just plain relaxing & maybe even a little bit habit forming! You’ll find a world of possibilities for carving your own kitchen spoons and spatulas that can range from unadorned elegance to implements of dazzling detail. Carved spoons can be made from green wood and are perfect projects to utilize branch sized material from the yard & woods.

Ember-burned spoons seem to last longer than carved ones, as the burning seals the wood. Crooked knives are a great tool for spoon making too. For sharpening carving spoons, fine grit wet/dry sandpaper is probably the best. The abrasives I use are 400 grit, 600 grit, and 1,000 grit. Later, oil it whenever the opportunity arises, or when you remember. This will help your spoon last a long and useful life.