Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 4 | The Carve is Complete

I have just finished my latest spoon, a bit of a bugger as the wood log that I had available was oak that wasn’t very green. It has lots of knots in it but hopefully I have managed to navigate my way around it and produce something to use in the making or porridge.

It now needs to be allowed to dry and I will oil with a mixture of Walnut oil and bees wax.

Tools used: Fiskars X7 hatchet, Mora 120 carving knife and a Ben Orford Hybrid Small Crook knife.

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Carving a Wooden Spoon: Part 1 | Axe Carving

A few weeks ago I decided on carving a wooden spoon, a life experience that anyone should try. To create a usable object from a slab of green timber is an incredibly liberating thing to do, the unknown of what will be created from the timber is brilliant. It is just you and your axe, if you take away too much you ruin it but you could also improve it.

You would usually use some fruit wood to whittle a spoon but as the oak was available I thought I would try one of the hardest woods to carve by hand.

I am using green oak from a fallen branch, Fiskars X7 (wildlife style) axe, Mora carving knife and a Ben Orford Crook knife to cut the bowl.

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Irwin Carpenters Gloves

As I have terrible circulation which means that I almost always have to wear gloves outdoors otherwise I am likely to get frostbite – as well as this I am somewhat allergic to ‘small particle’ materials such as MDF (which is not fun when you have just covered yourself from working with a lathe). These gloves are a bit of a godsend for a person like me who has more and more carpentry jobs to do outdoors – these keep my hands warm but also still allow dexterity (e.g. holding nails.)

As well as this I have rather ‘un-manely’ hands being pretty small and slender – or as a builder would describe as scrawny. So I opted for the ‘Large’ version which is as small as they get, which actually fit my hands pretty snug; which is important when using power tools so your itty bitty fingers do not get caught and mashed up.

The actual glove itself is robust, with thick rubber and man-made materials gracing it. Allowing for you to grip pieces of wood, reduce splinters (which always put me off) and still makes you feel like you are not actually wearing gloves – important for the finer jobs. What Irwin do not advertise however, is that is has a ‘sweat wiping’ piece of material located above to thumb to quickly and easily rub off the perspiration from building a bloody fence.

I am yet to use these on a project as of yet (due to illness) but when I do I will be sure to update with how they went as a product. First impressions however are that they are impressive and should be upto the job, keeping the bloody flowing (a priority for most humans.)

Below are a number of photos which I have taken (as stock photos are boring) – including the label information so you can see if you at all allergic to the gloves.

 Irwin Gloves

Irwin Gloves

Materials:

  •  30% Synthetic
  • 25% PVC
  • 30% Stretch Nylon
  • 10% Terry
  • 5% Neoprene

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