There was a nice, straight-ish crook, so I thought I would begin with a small ladle, since I gave the only other ladle I had last weekend to my brother-in-law who I know will actually use it. The laurel actually carved well - certainly not too dry (I've carved much drier and harder wood), but also not fresh, which in some respects is better as the wood doesn't seem to be so fibrous and carves cleaner. Also, not so much chance of the spoon drying too quickly and splitting, which is one of the things that upsets me more than anything, closely followed by when my wife puts the long handled serving spoons in the utensil drawer instead of in the jar under the sink where she knows they belong (I suspect she is trying to drive me slowly insane).
The finished spoon, whilst not ground-breaking in its design, is a little different for me as it is fairly asymmetric, in that there is a distinct twist between the handle and the bowl and I would usually aim for completely symmetrical, but I figured, what's the point of using a crook where you follow the natural line of the grain, if I'm only going to alter that line to suit my own eye. As it turns out, it doesn't offend me too much and it's a nice little spoon.
|You'll notice I've left a thin strip of bark on the handle in order to maintain the shape - |
we'll have to see if that stays on or not.
Apologies that I forgot again to put something else in the photos for a size reference - it's small for a ladle, about 6 inches, and I guess it would work well as an olive spoon.
As you will see, it has an over exaggerated keel on the heel of the bowl, which at first I thought I would trim back as I was afraid it looked too heavy for such a small ladle, but in the end decided to leave it as it was. I might carve the handle a little at a later date - though I know I say that a lot and then rarely get round to it. I'd really like to learn more carving and kolrossing skills. I guess I need a decent pointed knife.