Now I am turning some of my attention back to spoon carving. This fall I am presenting a session at Woodworking in America http://www.woodworkinginamerica.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=61544& about how I carve spoons. This stuff is not my research, it’s what I learned from Jogge Sundqvist primarily, and some from his father Wille. Much of it comes from Drew Langsner as well. http://countryworkshops.org/Carving.html
Not too long ago, I had a note from Ron Christensen, a reader of the blog about some lilac he was cutting out, would I want some? You betcha…but I had no time to go out to his place to collect it. I asked, could you just box some up & mail it to me, I’d pay, etc. Turns out, it’s too much to fit in a box! Hard to get the sense of scale in the first photo, and that’s just a part of it. He said he wouldn’t cut it til I had time to come retrieve it.
So up I went. Ron was a great host, and we cut a few sections out.
Says I can come back for more when this is gone. The lilacs are crowding his outstanding garden, a sampling of which he also sent home w me. Another case of how I have been so lucky connecting with nice folks through the blog…
Here is a short bit about picking out one section & “seeing” the spoon in it. Here’s a lilac crook, pretty small diameter, but there’s a spoon in there.
Here, I outlined where I envision the spoon. Others can fiddle w images on the computer better than me, but that’s not something I’m willing to dedicate any time to. So a quick scribble showing the shape of the spoon.
Now, to cut the piece to length so I can split it first. I left the extra leg on so it would stand up easily for splitting.
Then whacked it with the froe. I think I eventually came in from both ends to knock it apart.
Next, hewing away the pith. Leaving this central fibrous material in the spoon will almost always result in radial cracking and splitting.
More hewing is to just remove the bark on the sides of the spoon, to help see the shape emerge.
then it was dinnertime.