I made a couple shrink posts from sections of birch with personality that I just couldn’t resist. The bark seems so alive and dynamic — warts and all. The bending nature of these pieces added just a bit of extra challenge to the hollowing. The irregular shape just requires the carving of a matching bottom.
Here are a couple slideshows of them (To see the slideshow, you need to view the blog post in your web browser):
I finished some eating spoons. These were all carved from black cherry crooks and it really shows how much difference there can be not only from heartwood to sapwood, but also between individual trees.
And here’s a long slender serving ladle carved from a good maple crook. The thin handle flows with the grain off to the side.
And here’s one last spoon that is much more curvaceous. This short, broad server was carved from a wide cherry crook. I think it really emphasizes how chamfers are more than just a way to knock off sharp corners; they’re an important part of the design. Dimensions are 9 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.
That’s it for now. Any spoons I make over the next couple months will probably head to Buzzard’s Bay with me in June. And I’ve also got some bowl and lettering projects on my mind.