spoon whittlingI do like a rustic utensil. And, what with bearded ‘Barn the Spoon’ a-whittlin’ away over in East London, Hachet and Bear carving cute coffee scoops down in the south-west and Herriot Grace spooning around in Canada, I’ve had a growing desire to give spoon whittling a go…

After all, how hard can it be? (Pretty hard, it turns out.)

And so it was, on a cold, winters day, a group of us gathered together in a manger (we really did) for a festive spoon whittling session.

Despite the best efforts of our excellent and experienced carpentry tutor – the sort of chap who bodges chairs for fun in the forest, hand-crafts all his own woodworking tools and can knock up a set of ladles in a weekend – I managed to shred my hands to ribbons fairly early on, but gaffa-taped them up so as not to ‘stain the spoon’. (This is not best practice, but it did the trick).

spoon whittling 2We were using locally-foraged walnut, which is a hardwood, and, well, pretty hard to whittle. We started off by splitting a log in half, drawing a rudimentary spoon shape on the flat surface with a pencil and hacking off the edges with an axe. Then, we got down to whittling.

It took a while. After four hours I had created a sort of club, which, to be honest,  looks more like a hair brush than a spoon. It is definitely a ‘work-in-progress’.

Now it’s in the freezer, to keep the wood fresh until my hands have healed and I’m ready to finish it. It’s completely un-usable at present, but it has been the source of much merriment among my dear friends and family. So that’s nice.

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  1. Tina says:

    HEY! spooning-Great! – What kind of “Spoonbook” did you use – it’s at your picture…

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