I picked up a nice, green branch of what I think is Rowan, that someone had cut and left lying on the path, so I thought I'd put it to good use. I cut a short, straight grained section, halved it, quatered it and set about my project.
|First, axe a flat face and stensil on the outline|
|Next, rough out the outline with the axe|
|Then, crank the front of the spoons|
|Then, shape the back of the spoon a bit - again with the axe|
|Re-draw the outline and then, with a knife, cut to the line|
|Then a bit of shaping, decoration and, of course, hollow out the bowl|
These condiment spoons are far from perfect and will need drying and finishing - maybe sanding - but the point of the exercise was to see if it made any difference carving four spoons at a time. Despite having to stop and start more times than I'd anticipated, I think the experiment was successful. Perhaps next time, a little more care.