Hand carved baby spoon

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I love to trawl crafting and craft related blogs, and was going through the archives of Apartment Therapy last week and came across this post about hand carved wooden baby spoons and so totally fell in love with the idea that I started trying to find out where I can get some non-pine wood from.

Baby spoon

My finished hand carved wooden baby spoon

Lucky for me, this weekend just gone, I found a post on freecycle.org advertising Jacaranda firewood for asap pickup, so I went and picked it up, and purchased a sharpening stone from Mitre 10 (hardware store) on the way home and started in.

Sharpening stone and pocket knife

Sharpening my pocket knife

Once home I got started with a newly sharpened pocket knife, and a large branch, after a bit of carving I decided that the branch was too large and that I should make a soup ladle out of that branch and use a much smaller branch to make a baby spoon. I also learned at this point that my multi-tool pocket knife was far too awkward and uncomfortable to do much carving with, so traded it for my small kitchen knife, which got a good sharpening as well.

Spoon end shaved off

Spoon end shaved off

Chiselled out spoon bowl

Chiselled out spoon bowl

I started with a much smaller branch, shaved off the spoon end and then scraped all of the top layer of bark off.

From there I shaped the spoon end and then area between the spoon and the handle, and then carefully cut a criss-cross pattern into the spoon bowl and chiselled it out with my knife. I then went around the whole spoon head and refined the shape so that it was more pleasing to the eye.
I decided to leave the handle of the spoon as the original size of the branch as it makes it easier for Emmaly to get her hand around it. Little spoon handles always look so difficult for her to use.

Spoon neck shaping

Spoon neck shaping

Side profile of the spoon

Side profile of the spoon

Once that was completed, I shaved off the extra end of wood until the spoon and handle came away and then sanded the spoon. So far I’ve used 100 and 120, and need to go to the hardware store this week and pick up some finer gradings of sandpaper and some flaxseed oil to oil the spoon with. Some carvers wet sand as well, but I thought I would let Emmaly use the spoon as a test as to how much wet sanding is really required and what maintenance is needed to keep it looking nice and so that it is usable.

I’ve already finished my second wooden spoon but I shaved the handle back to half sized so that it was better for the intended recipient who is much smaller than Emmaly, and that too is waiting for finer sandpaper to finish it, and so I started on making some humungous knitting needles! Yay for me and wood-carving-ness. – Kayleigh

Roughly sanded

Roughly sanded

Shaped bowl

Shaped bowl

Carving spoon from branch

Carving from branch

Baby spoon

Finish hand carved wooden baby spoon


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maarten-Jan
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 21:23:46

    😮 I made some spoons for my nephew. But never thought about the idea that a larger handle could be easier for him… (I always split the wood in half). Well done I really like your work on this spoon


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