The spoon last week was fun enough that I decided to try a ladle this week, which may be my Waterloo.
Mostly I’ll let the photos speak to themselves, but the problem is how to make a nice curved bottom in a deep hole? I tried a foster bit near the end to step down the diameter, but that didn’t help to make the bevel. I think I need an old-fashioned spoon bit of the appropriate diameter. Possibly a large spade bit can be reground to a spoon shape? Note, the cuts are into end grain.
Nice job so far! I school, we had to make a small bowl – actually a block with a mould inside, and we used a round scraper. While the bowl was slightly larger and we had smaller hands, it still sounds like the easiest solution. We succeeded, even though the scrapers were quite dull. It is a pity, that I don#t know, where that bowl is now. After all, this was almost 50 years ago, and it was my very first woodworking project (and the last one for years) 😉
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This week, the handled was thinned and shaped close to the final profile.
Also the inner bowl was smoothed with a scraper.
I also wade my first stab at carving with a leaf design at the top of the handle. Clearly more practice is required for carving.
In the bowl, there is a pinhole knot that needs to be filled along with three pilot holes in the bottom. A little epoxy with shavings should do the trick.
Wow, this looks beautiful now! I am always impressed, how a few well placed cuts can make such a big difference to the appearance. And I like the way you “detached” the handle from the bowl.
It is a pity, that you have to use epoxy in the bowl. Hide glue would work very well, except, that it is water soluble, and if you served hot soup, you would have sawdust in your soup and a hole in the ladle.
Yeah I don’t want hide glue soup!!!! 😉
After studying the food safe qualities of wood finishes, I’ll finish the inside of the bowl with a satin polyacrylic. I don’t think it’ll jar with the oil finish on the outside.
Epoxy will only fill the three little holes which re about 3/16″ diameter. Mixing in some sawdust should (I hope) disguise the holes pretty well.
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