Friday, March 6, 2015

{Handicrafts} :: Making Wooden Spoons

So Royal is on this huge wild frontier kick. Like every day he is wearing his coonskin cap, boots, jeans and a cowboy shirt. He has been reading about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone and all the Tall Tales. And my mother-in-law got him a bunch of old copies of The Backwoodsman magazine. This is an amazing resource for making your own everything-related-to-the-outdoors.

Royal came across an article about making your own spoons, so he decided that is what he wanted to do for his next handicraft. So Monday, my husband and he spent all afternoon in the "shop".

Here is what they did:

Start with a small board

Trace around the size spoon you want to have

Saw down to the base of the spoon on either side of the neck

Use an axe to chop away excess wood

You should end up with something like this

Then you whittle

And sand

Drill a hole in the handle if you like

Oil the spoon. We used mineral oil, but instructions suggested tung oil, butcher-block oil or walnut oil

Finally, a leather cord was strung through the hole

And the project was complete!


  1. Beautiful work! I am amazed. Your son must be so proud of himself!

    1. Thanks, Celeste. Yes, he is very proud. He continues to ask if I am going to use it when I cook or stir anything :-)