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Picture of Hand Carved Wooden Spatula & Stocking Stuffer
I started carving these for Christmas gifts.  I carved them with chisel but I suppose that you could use a knife, drawknife  or a spokeshave.  They are more straight forward than carving a spoon so I was able to make several as stocking stuffers.

Things that you'll need:

Wood - probably a hardwood soft enough to carve, avoid woods with strong tastes.
Carving tool - I used a chisel
Sharpening supplies - I used a sand paper system
Hand drill and bits
Sand paper - coarse medium and fine grits (I used 80, 150, 800)
Food safe finish - I used a mineral oil based finish
Rag


 
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Step 2: Carving with chisel

Carve the blank to the shape and thickness desired.  CHISEL AWAY FROM YOUR BODY!  It may be helpful to clamp the blank.  Alternatively, you can screw another piece of wood to a bench and press the blank against while carving. 

Once it is carved you can use a drill to make it a strainer, or to add a lanyard.  A strainer is seen in Step 5.

Disclaimer: Chisel are sharp! or at least they should be.  Use with caution.

Step 3: Sanding

I loosely followed the advice of this blog about spoon carving (http://www.spoonlady.com/hothow.htm).  In retrospect, I probably should have used a harder wood than pine.  Her sanding advice worked well.  Using the sand paper that I had on hand, I went from a coarse 80 grit, to a 150 to an 800 (automotive) that I use for sharpening.  It was a jump from the 150 to the 800 but it was what I had available.  I followed the spoonlady's advice and wiped the spatula down with a cloth between grits.
eyesee1 year ago
very good
AZNdude3 years ago
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