This is a piece of wood I have had for some time now, having made and carved a smaller spoon from the wood. This went to a friend of mine who is a wood turner and has a display in the Lane Gallery, Cathedral Lane, Truro.
As with all projects like this you have to choose which part of the wood you are going to use, in this case I wanted a specific bend to the bowl of the spoon, so made the cut like this below.
The next step is to get the basic shape of the spoon. I am led into how the wood feels, so may bend off to one side, or be twisted. All this adds the character to the finished spoon, so unless you want it perfect, go with it!
Even with the previous bad picture, you can see after adding the tongue oil, as the spoon will not be used for eating purposes as the wood has gone soft for one. The oil certainly brings out the best in the wood. I won't be selling this one as I like my spoons to be made in the frame of mind I made them in. I am a great believer in things that are hand made pick up the vibration from that person, so I only pass on spoons that have a good feel to them. Like everyone though I have my off days and carving spoons is a good way of letting off some steam!