Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cache of Spoons

Maple spoon blanks hang to dry.
Since the hurricane that hit last week, I have been gathering pieces of fallen trees and branches. One special find was a beautiful maple tree that has light, clear wood perfect for the kitchen spoons I make. I found by cutting them out while green I could avoid losing a lot of wood to splitting. Once cut to shape, they dry very quickly. Most have gone from 20+% to 7-10% in one day without checking.

During the five days we were without electricity on my block, we got to know our neighbors a little better. Each morning we'd meet at the end of the driveway of one friend and share coffee and our hopes of being back to normal. I thought I might make a spoon for each of them to commemorate those beautiful summer mornings together. The rest will go in my Etsy shop!

2 comments:

hwallen48 said...

Dan
Great idea and I hope you get back to normal as soon as possible. Cant wait to see the finished product. Can you hand carve them?

Hal

Don Dailey said...

Right now I'm working on kitchen utensils that have to be practical as well, so I carve then to rough shape, then shape and sand with power tools. It is fairly soft wood (for maple) so I could carve some too.