This week, Dave brought me a scruffy, gnarly old bit of lilac, a wood that I hadn't carved before. I didn't hold out much hope, but thought I'd got nothing to loose to give it a go.
|A raggedy bit of lilac.|
|Here you can see how the crank of the spoon follows the natural crook of the wood.|
This should make the spoon a little stronger as it follows, rather than breaks, the wood fibres.
I am quite pleased with the results - I wish I hadn't had to carve out so much of the heart wood though, but that's just the shape of the spoon. I thoroughly enjoyed carving the lilac - in fact, I think I'd go as far as to say, it's my favourite wood to carve to date - green, moist, but firm and holds a cut really nicely. I'm looking forward to doing a couple more this week.