Before I return to bowls, I wanted to post these six spoons I’ve finished. Again, most of these are black cherry (Prunus serotina), but a couple are border privet (Ligustrum obstusifolium). There are areas on my walks that are thick with border privet, not surprising since it’s classified as an invasive species here. This was my first go at carving it, and it’s nice spoonwood, hard and fine-grained.
I’ll provide photos and a brief description of each of these spoons below, but there are some things they all have in common. Each of them is carved from a crook, and the grain flows through the handle and the bowl of the spoon. These are all serving/cooking spoons of one form or another, and they are ready to use. I’ve treated all of them with food grade flax seed oil, and experience has shown that spoons like these hold up very well over years of use. I’ve carved all of them, start to finish, with axe and knife — no sandpaper.
If you’d like to purchase one, let me know with a comment below — or an email at email@example.com if that doesn’t work. You can pay through Paypal or by sending a check in the mail. If Paypal is your preference, I’ll send an invoice to your email through Paypal. As usual, I’ll keep things simple and include shipping within the U.S. in the price listed. For shipping outside the U.S., there will be a small extra shipping charge, but its not too bad on these smaller items.
#1: SOLD A black cherry serving spoon with a broad round bowl. The heartwood was particularly dark and rich in this branch, and this one feels particularly good in the hand — light and strong. 9 3/4″ x 3 1/8″ — $70 includes shipping.
#2: SOLD Border privet spoon. This is a smaller serving spoon that could also be useful for a variety of kitchen tasks. Simple lines enhanced by a little fine chip carving on the chamfers of the handle. 9″ x 1 7/8″ — $ 55 includes shipping.
#3: SOLD A cherry spoon ideal for general stirring, cooking, and serving. 11 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ — $70 includes shipping.
#4: SOLD This cherry spoon could function as a server or a stirrer. I like the black streaks through the heartwood of this piece. 10″ x 2 7/8″ — $60 includes shipping.
#5: SOLD Border privet serving spoon/ladle. 9 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ — $65 includes shipping.
#6: SOLD Cherry server with a young-tree design carved into the handle. 10 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ — $75 includes shipping.
I would love to buy #5, the privet ladle, if it’s still available.
IF and ONLY IF I missed #5, could I buy #2?
#2 it is, Jim. The email requesting #5 came in just before yours.
Awesome work, as always David! Thanks for sharing your work with us!
Only remark I have on number six, I think that spoon would have been even better without the small edge chip decoration at the tip (where you hold it). I think it’s a part of tradition, carving a spoon in a Swedish way if you please, it has some characteristics that one thinks should be there. However I think your beautiful tree design stands very well on its own and doesn’t need an additional decoration item to finish the spoon as a ‘swedish spoon should be’. I say let your creative self take over the spoon with a beautiful tree without letting traditional carving stand in the way of that. beautiful work, I really enjoy your blog!
Thanks, Rudy. I appreciate those thoughts, and I think they can apply to spoons and designs in general. Well-expressed.
That sure was quick!!!
Lovely work as always Dave. Super refined. And impressive how fast those sold!