What you’ll need:
Thread (for handle)
Contour Sander or fine sandpaper
Time: 2 – 2.5 hours
Level of difficulty: Easy
Type of wood: Camphor Laurel
Since these are utensils used to serve consumables, it is best to use a hardwood as it’s not as likely to accumulate bacteria. Camphor Laurel also has naturally occurring antibacterial properties.
Another option of wood is Olive.
Step 1: Find inspiration anywhere you like.
Find the outline of servers that you like, or you can download our outline here. Make sure the timber you use is at least 1.5 inches thick and 1 foot long. The exact size of the servers will depend on your taste.
Draw or transfer a design (top down design) onto timber (top to tail is best to not waste timber). Mark out the dish in the head of the spoon and sperate the spoons so you are only working on one at a time.
Step 2: Clamp and carve
With the Mini Pro blade, cut a line down the outside of where you marked up the handle on both sides. Then start to gently carve the excess wood in an outward motion. Do the same evenly around the spoon outline. Don’t worry about shaping the curves of the spoon yet.
Step 3: Rough shaping of the handle
Mark out the side profiles. It’s easiest to start on the handles as they will be the most consistent part. Gently start on the top side of the handle removing wood until you reach where you marked out the side profile. Then you can start shaping the rounded form of the handle. Turn over and do the back.
The top and the bottom of the spoon is not necessarily flat, so you need to consider the side profile design.
Step 4: Rough shaping of the head of the spoon
Gently blend the neck to meet the marked out dish of the spoon. Then hollow out the dish of the spoon to create a subtle peak where the neck and the bowl meet. Turn over and blend the handle of the spoon into the convex back of the spoon.
Compare the two spoons and make minor adjustments until you are happy.
Step 5: Rough sanding/gentle shaping
Using a coarse grit, sand to further refine the curves of the spoon and remove any rough patches. Then, move to a finer grit to get a smoother finish.
Reduce the speed of the Mini Carver to 3 for controlled fine shaping and sanding. This also avoids burning the wood.
Step 6: Recessing the handle
Choose how big you want the handle grips to be and mark them out. Clamp the head and carefully recess the marked areas, noting the thickness of the thread.
When selecting thread, consider a synthetic material as it will increase durability.
Step 7: Fine Sanding and oiling
Run the sandpaper on the spoon while avoiding the recessed part as it provides an additional friction for the thread to grip on. You can use any fine grit sandpaper, but we used the Contour Sander.
You are ready to oil!