There are the three simple tools you need to carve a spoon: an axe, a hook knife and a straight knife.
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Similarly one may ask, how do you start spoon carving?
Carving along the shaft or handle of the spoon is the easiest place to practice. Start by taking small strokes, removing small amounts of material, and carving away from yourself. While there are situations where you can safely carve towards yourself, at the beginning it’s easier to just carve away.
Is Ash good for spoon carving?
Ash wood is not good for spoon carving.
But with a hardwood like Ash wood which is very hard and dense, it’s so hard to make long slices cuts because the wood will split easily.
Birch is perhaps my favourite wood to carve. While green, the wood is easy to cut, but close grained enough that when dry it gives a fantastically smooth finish. Here are the steps I went through carving a birch spoon from a half section of a birch limb.
Even if you shouldn’t use cedar for eating utensils, it is a good wood to carve and craft with. The wood is resilient and somewhat easy to carve with. Cedar excels at being rot resistant and durable enough for outdoor use. Many common uses are duck decoys, paddles, outdoor figurines, and even canoes.
Oak is one of the hardest domestic hardwoods and a great choice for carving. White oak, with its closed pores, make for great carved spoons. It is also a widely available wood which can be found in almost any market in the United States.
It’s ok to carve items from dried wood, but it’s generally easier to carve green wood. Green wood just means that it still has moisture in it, that it was freshly cut. You can cut a section of wood and then freeze it to help contain the moisture and greenness.
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Scorps are essentially right-angled gouges designed for carving areas where the full length of a gouge will not fit. Knife carvers will find them useful for hollowing deep, narrow cavities. Right and left-handed models are available. Right-Handed carvers should choose a right-handed tool to cut towards yourself.
An inshave is a bent drawknife, so you can hollow out and a scorp is a fully circular blade with a single handle.
For your first spoon, choose an easily worked hardwood such as poplar, black walnut, soft maple or cherry. I have successfully used many woods, including pecan, Osage orange, Chinese tallow tree and mesquite. Once you get the hang of it, try harder woods like beech or hard maple.
Unlike metal utensils, wood spoons are heat-resistant. Because they don’t conduct heat, you won’t have to worry about burning your hands on a hot metal spoon. They also won’t melt if they’re left in the pot for too long. So, go ahead, let your wooden spoon hang out on the side of the pan.