Monday, February 18, 2008

Carving my first spoon


Basswood Spoon
This is the first spoon that I have ever made. I made it for my wife tonight while she was at work. I carved it from piece of dry Basswood (Tilia americana) left over from making a bow-drill for a survival class I had taught a while back.

I started by splitting off a section from the large piece of wood that you can see my puukko’s stuck into. I used my larger puukko like a froe with and I used a piece of pine like a mallet to drive it through. Then I used the smaller puukko to rough out the spoons general shape. I carved the depression of the “business end” of the spoon with a hoof knife. I was very pleased with the way that it turned, but more importantly so was my wife!

The finale on the spoons handle is carved in the shape of a morel mushroom. It is a fitting totem because my wife is highly adept at finding the elusive fungus.

4 comments:

Fenlander said...

Hi Chris,

Have you made cordage from the inner bark of Basswood yet?

P.S. How's the Shrike research going?

Kevin

Norseman said...

I have made a lot of cordage from Basswood. I use it for the triggers of my Piaute deadfall traps.

The shrike research is done, and the program given. only 3 people showed up though!

Fenlander said...

Why not post it on your blog? Kevin

Norseman said...

I'll try to take some pictures of a Paiute deadfall. That will kill to birds with one stone (if you use the correct bait). That was abad joke...