February 23, 2012

Cherry spoon finished!

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2012

photo copyright Karin Corbin 2012

My little spoon is done! If you click on the photo to enlarge it you will see how perfect the grain of the Flowering Cherry tree branch was for the project. Such a lovely piece of wood. The final carving and finish work is done with the edge of the knife using a scraping motion that goes with the grain direction. Shearing the wood leaves a smoother finish than sanding.

Time to get back to carving practice with pear wood and some medieval designs.


Eliana said...

The wood grain really left a beautiful design on the spoon. Great work!

KC-Design said...

A perfect little spoon!! Great work!!

Lady Jane said...

Perfect little spoon. I am so glad you stopped for those branches. LJ

Marion said...

Karin, it's a perfect little spoon. Interesting to know that you scrape the wood for such fine finish. I'll remember that. Have you ever tried ordinary brown paper? It's also better then sanding paper for the final finish. Bye for now

Karin Corbin said...


Hand planing and scraping are the traditional fine surface finishes for wood. You can't plane a spoon but scraping works nicely. Both those tools leave silky smooth finishes when done correctly.

Sandpaper was not something the average woodworker had on hand before the early 1900s.

A soft, brown paper, grocery bag does make a nice buffing cloth.

Theresa Cheek said...

The graining is really pretty and the small rings you made on the handle are nice!

John said...

Brava, Karin! Well done!

Stan Firth said...

Just because it is small does not mean you can ignore design. Your little spoon is a masterpiece of simple elegance. Like a Shaker piece rather than a dollar shop kitchen spoon.

Karin Corbin said...

Why thank you Stan, that is high praise indeed! I will try a few more spoons later this year. I am busy setting up my miniature carving tools into a traveling kit so I can get out and about this spring and summer. First trip of the season will be spending a few days in Port Townsend, WA. I will be staying on the boat but will visit "Alexander's Castle" at Fort Worden. It is a charming brick building that was built for a Scotnish Bride. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alexander%27s_Castle_-_Fort_Worden.JPG

Stan Firth said...

I was inspired by your lovely spoon to try one, but I used bass wood and a pocket knife and not a lot of patience. As you said, macro-photos really show up the shortcomings of any piece - and I found so very many! It looks fine, but 'home-made' until it is magnified in the photo, then it just looks crude.

Karin Corbin said...

Stan, That was the same experience I had. You just need to keep at it a while longer.

I kept taking photos and going back to work on the spoon over several days. The last of the work is done by using the knife as a scraper. The bowl was sanded smooth with a fine grit diamond coated ball shaped burr.

maria l. said...

Your blog is the best I see.
Cada vez que lo visito es una nueva sorpresa y un enorme gusto
Te felicito por tu trabajo, es incomparable tu cratividad y habilidad
Gracias por compartirlo

Karin Corbin said...

María, Gracias por tus palabras generosas y amables.