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Spoon #13 / Week 19 -Walnut Spoon
Once again, the intention of this spoon was to try to refine and improve upon a previously made spoon, in this case spoon #12. Since that spoon was a failure on so many levels, I was optimistic that I could vastly improve upon it, and produce something I would be proud of. I was able to address a number of the shortcomings of the previous spoon including: increasing the size of the bowl, straightening the handle, and improving the symmetry and overall proportions of piece, but the biggest improvement, which had the most impact, was the wood choice. The dark streak in the walnut accentuated and emphasized the asymmetrical bowl shape and made this spoon far more appealing than my previous effort. There's still plenty of room for improvement, but overall I think this was a fairly successful attempt at a left handed spoon. 
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Spoon #12 / Week 19 - Unknown Burl Spoon
This was my first attempt at making a left (or right) handed spoon. I borrowed the idea from Klipnocky Woods, whose work is utterly amazing and very inspiring. I'm hoping that with this undertaking I can eventually make a single spoon that's half as good as what he consistently creates. This definitely wasn't it. The symmetry, shape, and proportions of the spoon are all slightly amiss. The crooked handle, undersized bowl, and less than optimal shape made this spoon a flop. Well, we can't win them all, on to the next one. 
Note to self, never use this wood again for spoons or other carving projects, it's hard stuff and dulls tools quickly. 
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Spoon #11 / Week 18 - Walnut Spoon. 
The plan for this spoon was to try to refine and improve upon spoon #10, which I really liked, and eventually wanted to make again. I think I was able to accomplish this with a few slight alterations to the shape, proportions, and symmetry, but those subtle changes were like putting lipstick on a pig. The hideous walnut used to make this spoon trumped any improvements that were made and rendered the spoon a complete failure in my opinion (forgot to post a few months ago).
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First coat of finish on this beautiful burl.  I hope I can do this piece justice. #woodworking #woodwork #wooddesign #wood #woodcraft #handmade #handcrafted #craftsman #woodworkingtools #woodturning #design #maker
Quick and dirty shop project. Sharpening stone and strop storage box made with plywood and sapele scrap.
Take a look at my (finally) finished walnut jewelry box. I’m really happy with how it turned out and can't speak highly enough about my experience at the CT Valley School of Woodworking, and more specifically the Woodworking I class. I think the results speak for themselves and I'm looking forward to taking additional classes there soon, hopefully this fall. More pictures to come, I just couldn't wait to share the final product.
A little sneak peek of walnut jewelry box I made at the CT Valley School of Woodworking a few weeks back.
Spoon #10 / Week 16 - Cherry Spoon. 
I decided to keep the design of this spoon simple, and let the grain and coloration of the cherry be the star of the show. I think it worked out very well, and I'm really happy with the overall design and aesthetic of this piece.

Finally reached double digits, here's to hoping the next forty two go a little better and faster than the first ten. 
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Spoon #9 / Week 14 - Walnut Spoon. 
This spoon is the product of trying to savage a catastrophic snafu. I got a little over zealous while forming the bowl and broke through the bottom. Instead of throwing the spoon away I decided to use it as an opportunity to try something new, texturing. I hoped texture would somewhat distract from the giant gaping hole, but it didn't. Live and learn, on to the next one. 
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Spoon #8 / Week 12 - Cherry Spoon. 
Lately, the number of failed projects leaving my shop have far outnumbered the successful ones. Horrendous lap joints, spoon mishaps, unforeseen defects, and glue-up disasters have left me feeling discouraged. So I was pleasantly surprised as this spoon started taking shape. Its form and shape were inspired by the flowing, wavy grain in the wood as well as by a few posts I'd recently seen on Instagram. This specific piece of cherry had been lying around my shop for well over a year. It was so badly bowed and cupped it couldn't be used for larger projects, but for smaller items like this spoon, it was perfect. 
I'm not sure what else to say about this project; the carving, shaping, sanding and finishing all went as expected. I wish all my projects went this smoothly and turned out this great. I love the shape, design, and proportions of this spoon and think it’s the best, most interesting one I’ve made thus far.

Off to Woodcraft for a hand tool sharpening class. Hopefully with sharper tools I can be more efficient and productive, and get back on track with this undertaking.

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Spoon #7 / Week 10 - Walnut Spoon. 
Spoon #7 was made from a beautiful, scrap piece of walnut I had lying around my shop. Its shape, design, and proportions were influenced by a post I'd recently seen on Instagram by Carolina Grain Woodworking (carolinagrainco). With the general shape and form out of the way I decided to concentrate on other aspects of the carving process, more specifically, knife work. Up until this point, I used various gouges and a spokeshave for the majority of the shaping and refining of my previous spoons. The use of a Woodcarving knife was definitely outside of my comfort zone but was a welcome challenge.

As the spoons started to take shape I noticed that the handle was taking on a non-symmetrical shape. I decided to embrace this and tried to highlight it by incorporating some sharp edges into the handle. I think it worked out well and I'll definitely be using this technique again in the future. Overall I'm really happy with how this spoons turned out (minus the few tiny blemishes in the bowl which I couldn't sand out without altering the shape). As with most of my woodworking projects I'm in a constant state of learning and there are some things I would do differently, but overall it turned out pretty good though.

Let's hope I can find some time to get caught up, my goal feels like it's slowly slipping away. 
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I wish I could've done with wood justice. Huge gaps in my half lap joints. #liveandlearn #woodworking #woodwork #wooddesign #wood #woodcraft #handmade #craftsman #woodworkingtools #woodturning #design