Celtic Spoon





Introduction: Celtic Spoon

About: IT manager, with a long list of hobbies and interests, as traveling, diy, electronic devices builder, Arduino, domotic, guitar stompboxes and tube amps designer, guitar player, reader, and paragliding flyer.

I'm gonna marry in August!

It will be in a wonderful Celtic festival, called "Montelago Celtic festival", in a beautiful and green land located in the middle mountains of Italy. It that takes place every year and it counts 20.000 people and more.

In the past, ancient druids used to carve a celtic spoon as present for their bride. This is a very old tradition that losts in time and losts the true meaning.

It seems that the wooden spoon was a symbol, something to demostrate the husband ability in woodcarving and it reflects in someway his ability in finding food, and making arms; something to demostrate to the bride's family the abilities, needed to mantaind the new generating family.

Nowadays it's obviously just tradition, so I want to do my part.

Step 1: Making the Spoon

Fortunately, I just finished building my homemade CNC, so this is the very first true test for it.

I found some nice spoon drawings on the web and I tried to make my version.

As I don't have yet a good variety of endmills, I decided to build the in two times. the first part is the rough part, made with cnc, and the second part is the refinish of the part with sandpaper, by hand.

Either if the time needed for the cnc part was about 2 hours and half, it permitted me to save up to 5-6 hours of manual work.

The wood was an old piece or parquet, oak wood, approx 25 x 6 x 1 cm.

After a short setup time, I started the cnc job. I worked in two times. Half on one side, and the other half on the other side. I used reference holes to reposition the piece and keep it perfectly in line.

The difficult part was the refinish. First I used a cutter to enhance the joints, which needed about a couple of hours. Then, sandpaper 280 and 400, for 2 hours again.

Step 2: The Happy Result

Here is before and after sanding. I'm quite satisfied as my first woodwork, now I'm going to experiment other shapes and other wood types, maybe cherry or olive.

That piece of oak was a bit pored, so it was a bit difficulty to work with. Next time I will choose e better compact piece of wood, to improve the final result.



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    Is this a file you created for your cnc? If so, would you mind sharing? I've been looking for one in an .stl format and it's virtually impossible to find them. Thank you.

    Mine is like yours.


    Just find my favorite spoon, thanks:) And best wishes for you guys!

    Beautiful work. And congrats on the nuptials.

    Thank you all!

    Very Nice! I think the in-law's will approve! Congratulations.

    there big all over north wales they are called love spoons and are seen as a token for a loved one some people collect them because no 2 are the same as they are traditionally carved by hand. great project always wanted to make one.

    Beautiful spoon. Those CNC machines sure are nice when it comes to precision. Congrats on the upcoming marriage.

    Lovely work! I enjoyed the concept behind the project.

    I've never heard of this tradition, but I love it! You did a great job and have set the bar high for future wedding spoons!

    I don't know anything about the celtic tradition of love spoons, but I read up a while back on some other love spoons, all with the idea of being presented at marriage, some of the cultures use the carving of the spoon as a demonstration of patience and ability. . but most of what I read also indicated that carving the spoons (Sometimes several) was a way to make sure the guy kept his hands to himself before the wedding.

    Congratulations on the upcoming marriage! and good job on the spoon.

    Great looking piece. I'd love to own a CNC. I bet someone could cut this out with a scroll saw and a dremel for sanding/shaping.

    It looks very nice.

    I'm sure the ancient druids didn't have many different endmills for their CNCs either, so that just made it all the more authentic ;)