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Roughing out Spoon Blanks With a Hatchet

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Pictures for each phase of roughing out a spoon blank

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Beginning to end

In this article I'm going to go over the process of turning a log into a spoon. In the beginning of this process you will need a hatchet, and a log. Not a big log mind you, think weekend campfire size, not weekend bonfire size. You will want to process your log into a workable size. That size of course, depends on the style spoon you want. Do you want a scoop? Do you want a ladle? Wooden straight cooking spoon? A spoon for eating? You will have to choose the style that suits your need best. The spoon I carved pictured in the article, is a coffee scoop. I'm going to explain how to get the 2 angles on it. If you can do a scoop, you can make them all. It helps to find a log with a slight curve but it's not necessary. For a scoop you will use the whole log which I like to have around soda can size. Using your hatchet chop an angle into the log until you reach the middle of the log. This should be roughly an inch or 2 from the end of the log where you want the bowl of the spoon. This angle is going to be that bowl. Now onto the rest of the length of log cut another angle up. This will be the handle. Now you should have one big angle removed from the log with the short side near the end, the long side chasing up the log. Go to the middle of the v you created with your angles. Now either saw or chop a small break on the side of the angle you created. You just made the crank for your spoon bowl. Stand your log on end, using your hatchet split down to the notch created in the crank, on both sides. This removes waste from the handle area quickly. Now standing it up grasp your hatchet close to the head. Chop out the rough circular shape around the bowl of your spoon. And now you have a blank to carve a spoon from. I would like to add here that when selecting your log, please select hardwoods. Anything with needles will not work. Also try to grab limbs that need removed over cutting young trees or possibly using stuff off the ground. If you do not know what trees are which, use wood from fruit and nut producing trees.

The hatchet that I used to rough this blank in, is actually a CRK coldsteel tomahawk that I have rehandled. The handle was made specifically for the use in green wood working. The tomahawk came fairly dull as most edged products do from Amazon. It is not tempered or heat treated on the edge side. The spike on the hawk does appear to have the color markings of a proper heat hardening. In the finishing of the spoon bowl i used a beaver craft hook knife from amazon as well. Both products are affordable and extremely useful if you work with wood as a hobbyist. Thank you for reading and have a great day

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