I’m not much of an outdoorsman, but when I go camping, I bring my Sloyd bag–a satchel that holds a few knives, sharpening equipment, and some small pieces of wood to carve.
I was camping with my family not long ago, and between hikes and food prep, I found some time to whittle out a couple of spoons while sitting at the campfire.
The wood is black walnut, which cuts nicely with a knife even when bone-dry, as this stock is. Only you have to keep your knife extremely sharp. I stopped to strop often.
I began with this little eating spoon and finished it off before starting on its big brother, a stirring spoon from the same wood.
My Sloyd bag includes some card scrapers and a bit of sandpaper. When I was finished sanding the spoons, I oiled them with the only thing I had on hand–nonstick cooking spray. I’ll give them a proper finish later, but I wanted to see what they would look like with a bit of finish on them.
The shapes are a little unconventional, but in principle I like them. I call them Gothic spoons, after the pointed arches of Medieval cathedrals. I have been looking for a distinctive design for my lap-carved spoons, and I think I’ve found it.