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Make a Unique, Hand-Crafted Wooden Spoon

Make a Unique, Hand-Crafted Wooden Spoon

Did you ever have a pocketknife when you were kid? Did you sometimes pick up twigs and whittle them down, just for fun? You can bring that childhood pastime back in a wonderful, practical way by learning how to carve wooden spoons.

To make a wooden spoon, you just need a few supplies, including a sharp pocketknife, sandpaper and a scrap piece of hardwood. To get free hardwood, ask around at a lumber yard or even get in touch with a local high school to see whether you pick up scraps from their woodshop class.

When you begin to craft your spoon, consider a few things: Do you want a long handle or a short handle? A deep cup (perhaps for soups or sauces) or a shallow one? A delicate spoon or a heavy-duty one? After you know what you want, begin to carve (carefully), keeping in mind that you’re bound to make a few mistakes along the way. The “imperfections” in a hand-carved item are part of what makes it so unique and, I think, beautiful.

When your spoon is carved into the rough shape you want, sand it very well. Rub the sanded spoon with oil. For complete instructions on spoon-making, see How to Make a Wooden Spoon.

Hand-carved spoons make great gifts, and, if you really love the process of making them and become skilled, spoon-making could turn into a small, home-based business.

Like small-scale wood projects? Maybe your next one could be crafting a wooden cutting board or centerpiece. After that, try turning a tree branch into a rustic coat rack. Whatever you choose to make, good luck with your projects!

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Related: Make a Coffee Table Out of a Tree Stump, Rustic Wooden Shelves and Clever Uses for Wood Crates

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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2:56PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:26AM PST on Dec 2, 2013

Fashion doesn't cost much

11:25PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Thanks for posting this

11:58AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Thank you.

1:29PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Oh, there are a few things, I´d prefer to do. Sitting in the sun for ex..

1:18PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Well, time is short...I think I'll go to the flee-market buying a wooden spoon there...
Thank you.

11:25PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

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4:25AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

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5:54PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

thanks

11:18AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Unless you're really good with a knife and have excellent hand control I'd suggest buying it ;-)

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