One Step Closer

The spoon saga continues.

I was hoping to reconnect with the person I knew with a band saw to help me out with cutting away the volume of excess wood from my spoon before starting to carve by hand.

That didn’t quite work out as I had hoped, so I was back to trying to figure out something I could do on my own.

I must admit to a fair amount of discouragement because I don’t have a shop, and I don’t have a lot of tools. And gathering them up is taking a lot longer than I would like.

Anyway, I bought myself a power drill and bits so I could make my version of a Swedish Lap Vise that I saw some clever people on YouTube make from a board and some rope. It was the simplest thing I had ever seen to hold a piece of wood steady while you work on it.

This is Al from YouTube and his contraption:

I decided to use my picnic table instead of a lap board.

But I needed to drill holes. Thus began the experiment:

Here’s a picture of the board I step on to put pressure on the paracord to hold down the wood I’m working on:

I used a draw knife and a coping saw.

It was slow going as I was getting used to my tools and the best way to position the wood. I felt like a real girl most of the time. My only real strength is my stubbornness. I kept hacking and slicing away until I was satisfied that I could now begin with my hand tools.

Woodcarving is a messy business.

I didn’t know just how messy until now.

All this because I clapped eyes on this marvel:

I didn’t think it would take so long to get to this point. I am sure that I have never worked harder to properly BEGIN a craft in my life.

But my goodness…. just look at that spoon! 🙂