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Sunday, 17 July 2011

3D Spoon shapes

I want to do a few posts about my spoons which i haven't done for a while, intentionally i am not talking about the function, aesthetics or the way they have been made but just the actual 3D reality, i will go into more detail about my favourite spoons in later posts. Most of these spoons are unfinished (the darker ones have been oiled and are finished) i tend not to actually finish the spoons until i'm sat there selling them, this is in part laziness as it is my least favourite part of the job and also they do move a bit (cherry is awful for this) as they dry so it is good to leave them for a bit.

The spoons i carve tend to come in 3 categories those with egg shaped bowls (on left), those with shovel shaped bowls (middle), and those with teardrop bowls (right).

The photo above is also a great example of how many different shapes of handle you can have, these are less easy to categorise and if i did try to i would do this firstly by categorising the "neck" style.

ok so i'm crap at taking photos, now all of these spoons have the same style neck i call that style Wille Sundquist style, anyone into spoon carving has heard of this man and he has written a great book about carving which is now out of print. The spoons that i make like this all have the traditional Swedish style "keel" on top of the neck not beneath this makes carving from the bottom of the bowl up the back of the handle one nice long cut, all these ones have one facet on the neck too .

These spooons on the right are just the ones above viewed from on top.

1 comment:

  1. I know this is an old post, but I've been going through your whole blog since I found it recently. Your photos and explanations REALLY help a lot with spoon carving. I'm a very early beginner that unfortunately hasn't any chance on attending a green wood carving course. I live in Montreal, Canada and old traditionnal crafts aren't quite alive here. I'm hoping I'll get a chance to meet Jarrod Stone Dahl somewhere in New York someday (not to far from here...), I just don't know if he gives courses in that area.

    It is really enjoyable to read your blog, your journey is a great and thoughtful one, I feel you give traditionnal crafts a nice image out there to people who are clueless to handmade objects. As a basketmaker (but not living off of it), I try to enlighten people about the humanity that can be found in handmade, traditional items.

    Big thanks from a young canadian french craftsman :)