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Kepis
24-05-2011, 17:35
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Having not done any serious spoon carving for a while, i decided today was a good day to remedy that, so i took a walk over the hill to where the Farm had done some hedge maintenance during the winter and collected myself some pieces of Elm from one of the remaining rubbish piles.

Now as anyone who has tried to carve Elm knows. it's not the easiest of wood to carve, even when green, but if you persevere, you can get a spoon or carving that has some amazing grain patterns in it, the piece i chose for this spoon has a mix of dark heart wood and lighter coloured sap wood and a few small knots and inclusions that contrast beautifully in the finished spoon, as you will see, i elected to sand the spoon rather than leave the faceted look i normally finish with.

Nova & Pinky
24-05-2011, 17:45
Oh that's lovely! The bowl shape is gorgeous...

incidentally, how on earth do you get the inside of the bowl so smooth?!

Kepis
24-05-2011, 17:54
Cheers Nova, the finish is just perserverence, taking tiny amounts of wood away at a time, then in this case sanding down through the grits in this case 80, 120, 180, 320, 600 & 1000

Nova & Pinky
24-05-2011, 17:58
haha, more patience required on my part then :D

kodiakjoe
24-05-2011, 18:01
really nice spoon and brave man for choosing elm :) paid off though with that lovely grain pattern!

craeg
24-05-2011, 18:45
Sweet work dude. Me likey. Looking forward to getting my new spoonies from Dave Budd to have a go again:)

JAG009
24-05-2011, 19:07
Top work and very nicely finished goodjob


Jason

Mesquite
24-05-2011, 19:24
Lovely work Kepis :) Is it a serving spoon as I can't just the size.


Looking forward to getting my new spoonies from Dave Budd to have a go again:)

And another one bites the dust :lmao::lmao:

Kepis
24-05-2011, 19:49
Lovely work Kepis :) Is it a serving spoon as I can't just the size.



Either a small serving spoon or a big eating spoon, it's about ten inches long overall, bowl is 2.5" long and 1.5" wide

Harvestman
24-05-2011, 23:50
Elm is such a lovely wood, and I almost never have any to play with. Is Wych elm similar in characteristics, because I've found a good bit of that near me?

dancan
25-05-2011, 02:45
Beautiful spoon !
Your perseverance paid off .

Tiley
25-05-2011, 08:48
A thing of beauty! Wonderful!

Kepis
25-05-2011, 09:57
Elm is such a lovely wood, and I almost never have any to play with. Is Wych elm similar in characteristics, because I've found a good bit of that near me?

Honestly cant comment of the Wych Elm as ive not used it, but there is some up the lane here that might "need a trim" later in the year, might have to give it a go, but your spot on Elm is a lovely wood to look at, just hard work to carve, worth it in the end though

dwardo
25-05-2011, 11:17
Very nice, i like that.
I have found wych elm to have longer fibres than smooth leaf.

Barn Owl
25-05-2011, 12:53
Nice spoon,esp' like the bowl.