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How to Start Carving Spoons

As part of my ongoing “How to Start” series of blog posts, here is some advice on how to start carving spoons.  My goal is not to guide you through the entire process of making a spoon; I just want … Continue reading

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Want to Carve Spoons? Use a Template

On a spoon-carving forum I read, the question of templates comes up frequently.  A lot of spoon carvers say they “just wing it,” or as others put it, “just see what the wood wants to be.” Now, there’s no question … Continue reading

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Spoon Carving Templates

I don’t remember exactly when I began to use templates to lay out my wooden spoons and spatulas, but after I had made my first dozen or so wooden spoons, I hit upon a couple of spoon shapes that just … Continue reading

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Hotel Spoon Carving

I travel for work once or twice a year.  This summer it’s a week-long stay in a hotel, and I have evenings pretty much to myself.  In such situations, I never want to be without my spoon carving tools and … Continue reading

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How to Ship a Wooden Spoon

If you sell your woodwork online at all, there’s a little challenge that you probably didn’t think about until you sold your first item: how to package it for shipping.  And if you’ve ever received an item in the mail … Continue reading

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Spoon Carving on the Road

I do a lot of traveling each summer.  In the past, I often had to leave my woodworking behind because, well, it’s hard to fit a tool chest and a workbench into the back of the minivan along with all … Continue reading

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Carving Spoons, Building Community

A week ago my wife and I got in a car and drove to Austin, Texas, to teach two days of classes on making wooden spoons.  We weren’t sure what to expect–what the facilities would be like, what wood or … Continue reading

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Teaching Spoon Making in Austin, TX

This coming weekend I will be teaching a class on making wooden spoons for the ROADS Workshops in Austin, Texas. It’s going to be a little different from your usual woodworking class, though.  ROADS Workshops are a part of Mobile … Continue reading

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“How Long Does It Take You to Make a Spoon?”

It’s a question I get a lot when selling my wooden spoons at craft markets, and I was never sure how to answer.  I couldn’t remember the last time I timed myself on a spoon from start to finish.  And … Continue reading

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The Spoon-Copying Challenge

A few days ago, a package arrived in the mail from an old family friend. Inside (along with her annual family newsletter) was this poor spoon: Her note called it her “butter spoon,” which she had used for butter making … Continue reading

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