I made a couple shrink posts from sections of birch with personality that I just couldn’t resist. The bark seems so alive and dynamic — warts and all. The bending nature of these pieces added just a bit of extra challenge to the hollowing. The irregular shape just requires the carving of a matching bottom.
Here are a couple slideshows of them (To see the slideshow, you need to view the blog post in your web browser):
I finished some eating spoons. These were all carved from black cherry crooks and it really shows how much difference there can be not only from heartwood to sapwood, but also between individual trees.
And here’s a long slender serving ladle carved from a good maple crook. The thin handle flows with the grain off to the side.