Spoons for sale; first batch this year – SOLD OUT more to come

the combination of dark walnut & light birch is too confusing for my camera today

I just today turned the page on my calendar in the shop. That’s how ignorant I am of time this year. And I’m just getting to my first spoons of the year. I wrote about some of these the other day, the walnut ones in particular were carved from dry wood. The birch and rhododendron were carved in the more typical green wood. Not that it matters in the finished product. These are for sale, if you’d like one, leave a comment and I’ll set up a paypal invoice for you. Prices include shipping in the US. Flax oil finish.


Spoon # 1 – black walnut – SOLD
L: 11″ W: 2 3/4″

This & the other two walnut spoons here were leftover furniture stock, radially-riven black walnut hanging around in a corner of the shop.

spoon # 1 overall
spoon # 1 side view
spoon # 1 carved handle


Spoon # 2, black walnut SOLD
L: 11″ W: 2 3/4″

spoon # 2, carved handle


Spoon #3, black birch – SOLD
L: 10 5/8″ W: 2″

I found this black birch while I was sorting next year’s firewood. It was still sound, and when I split it open, still fairly green. Some nice radially-split spoon stock came out of it instead of firewood.

Spoon # 3 overall
spoon # 3 side view


Spoon # 4, SOLD
L: 9 5/8″ W: 2″

As soon as I started carving this recent batch of spoons, my wife brought home some rhododendron branches a gardener friend of hers had just cut…my favorite wood for spoons. And this is my favorite spoon of this batch.

spoon # 4 overall
spoon # 4 detail


Spoon # 5, rhododendron SOLD
L: 8 3/4″ W: 2 1/2″

spoon # 5 overall
spoon # 5 detail


Spoon # 6, black birch SOLD
L: 9 1/4″ W: 2″ +

Most every batch of spoons I carve has one (or more) of these – a weirdly impractical spoon shape. From the side view, this could pass as a normal spoon. But it had both a crook and a bend. I just followed it.

spoon # 6 overall
spoon # 6 top view
spoon # 6 side view


Spoon # 7, rhododendron SOLD
L: 9 3/8″ W: 2 1/2″

spoon # 7, top view
spoon # 7 carving detail


Spoon # 8, rhododendron SOLD
L: 7 1/4″ W: 2″

spoon # 8, overall
spoon # 8 carved handle


Spoon # 9, black walnut SOLD
L: 12″ W: 3″

spoon # 9 overall
Spoon # 9 carved handle

spoons soon

The other day, I wrote about woodworking at home without a shop… https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/woodworking-at-home-sans-workshop/

The most common woodworking I do in that vein is the carved spoons that I have featured here from time to time.

eating spoon


Back when I first started woodworking in the late 1970s one of the main books I used as reference and inspiration was Drew Langsner’s Country Woodcraft (Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA. 1978). In that book is a chapter featuring Wille Sundqvist, who taught spoon carving to Drew (and scads of others….) 

I carved a couple clunkers, and ultimately made my way down to Drew’s to learn chairmaking and many other green woodworking crafts. In 1988, I was the summer intern at Country Workshops, and that season featured a class taught by Wille’s son, Jogge Sundqvist.

I took the class from Jogge, and got to peer over his shoulder as he was filming the Taunton Press video companion to his father’s book Swedish Carving Techniques. The book is long out of print, but the video Carving Swedish Woodenware is available as a DVD now: http://countryworkshops.org/books.html

hollowing the spoon


I kept on carving spoons whenever I ran across some likely woods, and had the time. For the past 10-15 years, that’s been pretty steadily. Long-time readers of the blog will remember my excitement when I got to steal a week away from my family to go take a refresher course from Jogge – (here’s the post from Aug 2010 when I got back from that class https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/one-of-the-most-exciting-classes-ive-been-to/ )

basket of spoons

Well, now I’m finally over-run and have decided to throw my spoons in the retail ring. I am working now at photographing some for the blog, and will have them for sale in the next week or so…if you are one of the folks who’ve been asking, then this is your answer. Spoons soon.


chip carving & finials