A year or so ago I got knocked to the ground by an oak log that I was cutting up for firewood. It rolled down a steep hill and sideswiped me, cracked a rib etc. Months later I took a piece of the wood up to my friend Louie’s and we milled out a couple of 1″ thick, maybe 10″ X 14″ pieces on his big band saw. I thought I’d make a little box, since I had a special relation with that tree, but recently decided to make a spoon.
Posted the spoon (embarrassingly amateurish) on my blog (here) and got some great feedback, including a comment by Richard, whose blog 52 Spoons (here), got me inspired to get more into spoon making (spoon at left by Richard).
I’m crazy about spoon making. Perfect for me, since I’m not a finely-crafted carpenter type. I like the eyeballing-it process. I keep wandering out from the computer to the shop and chopping on different pieces of wood with my new Roselli hatchet. It’s one of those tools that opens up new horizons — holy shit, is this fun! Also an antidote to spending too much time at a keyboard. Get those hands working at something physical.
When I get farther along I’ll write something about what I’ve learned, but for now here are some links from early research: