It often starts with collecting the wood. Windfall, orchard pruning, and roadside clearing are just a few of the many ways to get fresh cut „green“ wood. That way I can gather all the materials I need in a very ecological way. It’s always best to let the wood sit for a couple of months before use. This ensures that the fibers in the log have settled a bit and will release less internal stresses when splitting the log. The more time you give the wood to dry, the better its quality and strength will be.
Next I will use my axe to split up the log so that I get as many spoons as possible, but at the same time avoid problematic areas like knots and twists in the wood. I then sketch an imagined spoon design onto the split wood and use my axe to turn it into a blank. I remove the bulk of the material an prepare the blank for the knife work. At this point the piece of wood basically is transformed into a very rough spoon. I then redraw the shape more precisely primarily to even out the rough axe work and start carving with the knife.
There is a specific sequence in which I do special cuts and focus only on one surface a time. When I’m happy with the shape and everything has been brought down to its final thickness, length and size I hollow out the bowl of the spoon.
At the end, I put my little sea shell to the spoon and rub it hard along every surface of it. This technique is called burnishing and gives the wood a shiny smooth surface. For longevity I treat the spoons with a beeswax-lindseedoil mix.