Cherry Spoon

I have just finished carving this little spoon from cherry wood. It’s untreated with oils as yet

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What’s nice about it is that it is from a pruning of a cherry tree in our back garden here in Oxfordshire. The branch was only about 4 or 5 cm wide and the bowl uses pretty much the entire diameter of the original branch. I carved it bark side up, which is why the grain is shaped that way in the bowl. It just goes to show what little material you need for spooncarving. The provenance of the wood for this spoon also gives it some greater emotional significance

cherry spoon and Iisakki carving knife

I used an Iissakki Jarvenpaa Carpenters knife to carve the spoon, with a curly birch handle, brass bolster and a stainless steel blade. Unfortunately this knife is no longer manufactured by the Finnish comapny which is a shame as I really like using it. It has a feel of a more upmarket Frost Mora 120 carving knife about it.

I’ve tried to give the spoon some three dimensionality and strengthen the stem by giving it a keel. I really like the way the grain show on the keel, seen below, with what remains of the branch it was carved from.

Cherry Spoon and Branch

Cherry spoon carved from a piece of the branch shown with an Iissakki Jarvenpaa Carpenters knife
Cherry spoon carved from a piece of the branch shown with an Iissakki Jarvenpaa Carpenters knife
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