Made a small serving spoon today out of some beech that was at the bottom of the wood pile, was tough going, but worth it i think, even if it is just for the superb grain patterns within the wood.
The spoon is pictured resting on the opposing half of the log that bore it, and out of which im hoping i will be able to get an eating spoon at the very least.
The photo below shows the side elevation of the spoon, not a bad shape considering it came from a relatively straight log.
This is a style, that i really enjoy carving, but you do have to aware of the massive amount of end grain in the handle, but despite the handle being fairly thin in the vertical plane, it is carved in such a way that the grain itself remains long and therefore retains some strength, a study of the photo will show the grain length.
The spoon was completed with a fine tooled finish and then oiled with pure Tung oil, to protect the spoon from food acids and to really make the grain patterns pop.