Power Spoons

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By the time you perfect the art of carving wooden spoons, you might not want to use them for stirring soup. For use or display, our power-carved version is a fun project.

I’m willing to bet you have at least one wooden spoon in your kitchen already. It is probably well worn and utilitarian, with a straight, round handle; it probably looks like just about every other wooden spoon. 

But there’s more to the wooden spoon than meets the eye. A hand-carved spoon can be a beautiful gift that is a pleasure to give or receive. Whether for use or display – your design and finish will dictate that – a wooden spoon is an object full of possibility.

Creating a spoon is not difficult; we will be using only a few basic power carving tools. One thing that makes the wooden spoon a good project choice for beginners is that it requires no difficult corners or detailed areas. But experienced carvers also love to make spoons, and find themselves incorporating interesting and challenging designs. 

We will be using a rotary flexible-shaft carver — a Foredom in this case. You can use any other type of rotary carver, including a handheld Dremel, but you may wish to create a smaller spoon if going that route. I find that handheld rotary tools lack the torque to spin large bits and burrs. 

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