Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Elm Spoon

Having not done any serious spoon carving for a while, i decided today was a good day to remedy that, so i  took a walk over the hill to where the Farm had done some hedge maintenance during the winter and collected myself some pieces of Elm from one of the  remaining rubbish piles.

Now as anyone who has tried to carve Elm knows. it's not the easiest of wood to carve, even when green, but if you persevere, you can get a spoon or carving that has some amazing grain patterns in it, the piece i chose for this spoon has a mix of dark heart wood and lighter coloured sap wood and a few small knots and inclusions that contrast beautifully in the finished spoon, as you will see, i elected to sand the spoon rather than leave the faceted look i normally finish with.