All that aside, this weekend I made a spoon which I wanted smooth. I sanded the finished spoon at first but, because it is quite a big spoon with a large surface area on the bowl, found that this initial smoothing only served to highlight the irregularities that the tooling had left behind, leaving a series of smooth bumps.
So, I thought I'd give a scraper a try. Julian gave me a few of these clever little things some time ago and I've never really got round to giving them a proper try-out. Any way, I used the one pictured below and, once I got the hang of it, trying it at different angles to see which would give me the best cut, I was really pleased and impressed with the results.
If you've never used one of these before, have a look on youtube as there are loads of tutorials for making and using them. I will definately be using mine again and will have a go at making a slightly smaller one for use with smaller spoons.
And on a completely unrelated topic, I've been meaning for a while to post a picture of my trusted portable chopping block. I know it's not exactly rocket science, but this little thing has meant me being able to work in-doors in the sitting room and I have also taken it with me in the car when I've not known if there was going to be a block available where I've been going.
|3 removable legs, steel banding to stop it splitting and a padded shoulder strap.|