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A Viking Spoon

I am heading to an immersion event centered around Beowulf.  There will be many different performers each reciting a section of the epic poem Beowulf.  To prepare for feast, the awesomeness who is Bertana came up with a great and insane idea that we should make our own wooden spoons.  We picked up some 2×2 or so maple and had great plans for big curved spoon handles.  A woodworker friend set about cutting the general shape out on a scroll saw.  Once he got about half way through, and had been at it for over an hour, we decided to cut the block in half and get two spoons, each half as thick, from what was already cut out.  Turns out this was more  than thick enough.  After much carving, whittling, and some bleeding, I had a rough spoon.  Here is how it looks so far.  I still need to do a bunch more sanding and I want to carve some toothy beasty on the handle.  But it’s a spoon.  I’m kinda shocked.  I’ll update again when I have more pictures and more time.

An almost complete first attempt at a carved wooden spoon.

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