Title: Cathedral Spoon
Wood Species: Birch
Starting Size: 6" x 1"
Technique: Standard Carving using a knife
I started this spoon some months ago and finally decided to finish it up and post some pictures. It was carved from a piece of hardwood purchased from Home Depot. I'm almost positive it was Birch. I guess I need to start keeping a diary of what I carve and what it is carved from, especially since I tend to start something and finish it months later.
This wood is far harder than anything else I have carved to date and I found it quite difficult to work with. The outline work was fairly easy, as long as the knife was very sharp. The bowl and heart required a lot of work, concentration, and constant sharpening and honing of my knife blade. I love the look of the finished piece and have already started a more complicated spoon in the same wood.