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I will show you how to make a wooden spoon out of green applewood. Using only my handmade viking tools.
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Step 1: All my tools

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This is an overview of all my tools.

Step 2: The tools I use.

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This is the tools you need to make a spoon. My tools are hand forged reconstructions of viking tools.

You need:
Axe: any small hand axe will do fine. It just needs to be sharp. A good hand axe weighs around 500-600g
hammer: you need a heavy hammer. If it is to small it will not have enough force to split the wood.
wedge: A heavy iron wedge made for splitting firewood will work fine. Alternatively use a old axe and hammer it through the log. Don't use you good axe for that. You ruin the axe that way.
Knife: a small sharp knife will do.
Spoon knife: You need a spoonknife, in my book there are no alternatives. You will probably not find it in you local hardwarestore, but you can buy it online. The best are handforged made by S. Djärv but you can also go after the cheap ones made by Frost Sweden.

Step 3: The wood

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You need a log of wood. It needs to be 10-15 cm longer than the spoon you want to make. It needs to be newly cut. The wood you don't use right away you can leave it some high grass. Then it will be wet and workable for 2-4 weeks.

All wood can be used, but fruit tree are best. For this spoon I'm using applewood. That's a very good wood for spoonmaking. It's hard and very durable in use. And it looks nice with the all white grains.

Step 4: Splitting the log

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Now you need the hammer and wedge. Split the log into 4 triangular pieces.
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McGrath Labs5 months ago


dean981105 years ago
Great project but you might want to make a clear distinction between linseed oil (which oil pressed from flax seed) and boiled linseed oil which is more common.  Boiled linseed oil contains toxic drying solvents whereas raw linseed oil is not toxic.  Mineral oil is another good food compatible finish that could be used on wood items that come in contact with food.  It is not clear if you meant the spoons to be used with food but it is good to be safe just in case.

Another good finish after everything is beeswax. Nice smell. Food safe. Protects the wood.

When I get unfinished wooden kitchen tools I stain them with tea and treat them with olive oil.
But that's not very Viking.
Darcy777 kbales2 years ago
Thank you for that tip.
morfmir (author)  dean981105 years ago
Your right, it is important to that the oil is foodsafe. I use what you call flax oil, cool pressed linseed. Here it is sold by the name virgin linseed oil. Some times I wash the oil, that makes it even better. But it takes some extra work, so most times I'm to lazy to do it. I just buy the best quality linseed oil I can find and use it out of the box.

livichris7 months ago
how do you hollow out the bowl, do you need s special knife?
Kids of Forest11 months ago

I started doing this with my swiss knife, it's very good project>

theegghead11 months ago

will pine work or is it too soft?

anilbot1 year ago
No wonderyou are wasting so much (crying..) wood !
For the sake of simplicity, you are using too crude tools, I'm afraid if they are from prehistoric tool collection... Ha ha ha....
Use the right tool and save trees.. :)
Just imagine your son bringing you 18 spoons, and you find the precious appletree missing from your lawn... tears..

(Show me the spoons alone, and they look awesome)
darman121 year ago
That's a handsome spoon. Great craftsmanship!
mikecz1 year ago
These are some really nice (and distinctive) looking spoons!
paultkamp2 years ago
Are you a blacksmith as well? Did you make all those tools?
StickMaker6 years ago
Very nice work! Have you tried making it with Diamond Willow? The middle of each stick is red in color and the outside white; pictures on my website at
i loled when i read this: If you cannot view this page, you probably are not using a computer. Get one soon!
morfmir (author)  laurenmendoza6 years ago
Diamond Willow are very beautiful. But I have never seen it here in Denmark.
Well, morfmir; I do ship it worldwide; just Google "Diamond Willow sticks" and my name "Ken Laninga" and you'll find me for sure.
Box Elder looks like pink marble. Pretty hard for carving, but with a fine whetstone and patience...
 box elder looks really nice....
Ray from RI2 years ago
With out a doubt S. Djarv makes the best spoon carving knife anywhere on the earth!!!
slemsofa5 years ago
here`s some pictures of the spoons I made during summer! I havent oil them yet though. thanks for a great instructable. not the best picture quality but I had to take them with my cellphone.. the first one is beech , the second ash and the third birch..
I realize it's been years since you posted this comment however if you ever sell these online, please do contact me.
I like your twisted handle. Did you carve the handle like that, or was it already twisted? Also, did you split the wood out or get it already cut? One more question: how long are your spoons here?
pretty cool and creative designs, slemsofa!
morfmir (author)  slemsofa5 years ago
I'm glad that you like my work. And my instructable. Interesting design you have made. /Thomas
vincent75204 years ago
only 6 spoons … what a waste !!!…
can't you find a way that is more environment friendly ?…
Yeah, cause importing plastic spoons from china is better.
Plastic is not the solution, for sure.
Wood is : I have nothing against that at all !…
But I'm concerned by how much wood is used. I got the feeling the this insntructble uses as much wood as the do in the funny cartoon where a guy chops dowh a tree to make a tooth pick !…
morfmir (author)  vincent75203 years ago
It is possible to make the spoon in a way that use a lot less wood.
Look at the picture of the first spoon in step 10. That design uses much less wood.

But the woodchips that I carve away isn't wasted, I collect it and us it for smoking fish and mead. So instead of buying factory made smokechips, packed in small plastic backs, I make my own.

You could also note that the apple wood was probably destined for fire wood, had you not rescued it to carve out a few beautiful spoons...
Besides the fact the author saves the "scrap" pieces for other uses, this is labeled as a traditional Viking method, not a eco-friendly method. Just to think that every utensil they owned took this much time, energy, and skill is almost unfathomable to us now!

Great work! This inspires me to do more of the same :)

Also, my Father always had a spoon knife in his carving box, and it was always useful...never realize you need one till you do!
Where did you get your spoon knife? Can one be made easily?
I'm a little late here, but I'm pretty sure his just came with a carving knife set and you can find them most anywhere that sells carving tools.
As far as making one, I would think it would be a little harder than making a regular knife because of its curve and such; however the author refers to his as "hand forged" so it must be doable with some skill and patience. Besides, they did it way back then, right?
great : no waste, all resources are used…
Keep on the good works tnen … 
the wood is never can always save it for later and carve from the seasoned wood, or use it as firewood, smoking chips, etc. apple also makes for an excellent mallet-head.
Wood grows back, you know.
renewable resource...
I know … still, I'm not convinced : we are far more numerous on this planet than ever before : we don't let trees grow (worse the trees we plant in place of the one we cut are fast growing species thus narrowing natural diversity…).
Anyway, your spoons are nice ! …
Gregbot3 years ago
Do you have a web page or You Tube channel? Facebook?
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