Friday, 31 August 2012

Magnolia Spoon

I picked up a Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) log from the wood yard the other day and today got round to using it, the wood itself is a joy to carve and much easier than carving say, fresh cut Sycamore, it also has some great grain patterns, which you can just about make out in the photo.

This is the first time ive carved Magnolia and ive enjoyed it so much, that this afternoon, i grabbed my Bergen and went back to the wood yard and filled the sack up with the rest of the Magnolia that was over there (Yes, i have permission to take it), it seems a real shame to leave it there & waste it and if i don't take it, then it will get taken by someone else who will probably just burn it.

Out of interest i weighed the Bergen and it's load when i got back home and there was just under 60lb of wood in the pack, it's not all for me though, as some of it ive put aside for Rockmonkey & Hugo.

The spoon pictured is just rough carved at the moment and has been left fairly thick in places,  as im not aufait with  the properties of the wood and have no experience of working it, i figured it's better to err on the side of caution.

2 comments:

  1. Do you know that magnolia is poisonous? I think this wood isn´t suitable for kitchenware making same as oak, black locust or yew for example.

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    1. Magnolia grandiflora, the species i used for this spoon, is not poisonous, it has both edible and medicinal qualities, more detailed info available on this website, with reference to source material http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Magnolia+grandiflora

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