We had some heavy wet snow a week or so back. I found a broken cherry limb down by the river & made some spoons from it. Then the other day I found 2 more, but way up high. I borrowed a pole saw & cut them down. Then started to cut them up.
Around here cherry is the most common wood useful for spoons. It’s quite hard though, comparatively speaking. Birch for instance is much softer & more cooperative. but I love the cherry spoons. They are worth the extra work. I cut a few crooks out of this stuff to get started; but left lots in the limbs, to be dealt with later.
Here’s a whole mess of pictures; not the whole spoon – I didn’t finish it yet. Started some others instead. To really see where the spoons are in crooked timber like this, you have to view them from all around. More than once. This is 2 limbs, twined around each other in this heap.
I started here; there’s one good sized ladle/serving spoon between that end grain & the small branch in the bottom of the photo.
After cross-cutting, I hew away the bark to see where the piece wants to split.
The bottom of this crook is trash; it has a large broken-off limb, & resulting knot.
After some initial hewing, I like to start these large deep bowls with a gouge & (borrowed) mallet. Borrowed shop too.
The gouge can also be “hand” pressure, but it’s much more than my hands driving it. Here’s the top of the stroke, then my whole body moves to bring the gouge across the spoon’s bowl.
(hat courtesy of Maureen. She’s working on her 2nd custom hat-knitting project. Contact her for next year’s winter hats… https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts )
More hatchet work.
Then knives from there. I’ll get it on the blog at some point.
Went walking at one point – going to leave this one alone for a while, I’ll stop back when the eggs hatch, then we’ll see some owl action.
Out to the beach in a bracing wind. Dunlin & sanderlings in flight.
Took one last haul out to the end of the beach to see the snowies; only found one, but didn’t look hard. Soon, they will head north again.
Back home, the local redtails are keeping company. Time for them to nest too.