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I've been waiting to jump in for when I had better pictures but then, that hasn't happened so here I am. I've been carving off and on for around 10 years (lately, mostly off), but I do have an interesting collection (hopefully). I've been sharing it with anybody that comes to our home but lately they look at me like I'm some kind of crazy, obsessed individual (ok, maybe they're right). Jester

Anyways, I'm up to 41 swan spoon species on our dining room wall. My picture is a little out of date, only showing 37 species. I have four more to go and the one elusive piece is yew. Then I'll be done. Seriously, if I ever carve this shape again, I will be that crazy, obsessed individual everybody thinks I am.

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Nice Collection and welcome to obsession alley !

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Great collection!


If you do find any yew...let me know. I'd love to carve something out of that too!

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HeY Bob ,

Some of us are still waiting for your Rowan Pics>

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Sorry,

Slipped my mind...
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Welcome Don. Don't think of it as an obsession, think of it as highly focused! Sounds better doesn't it? Enjoy yourself what ever your passion is!

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Welcome Don wow what a collection of spoons I would bet you have those down pretty pat by now. Nice to have you along we look forward to seeing more of your work. BTW BobD I do have a piece of Yew wood if you would like it I dont plan on doing anything with it. You will just have to wait until I can find it, I have it in my shelf of wood and it may take a while to surface.
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Don, welcome.

Nice carvings on your site, spoons look really nice and various shapes make it interesting, love your pins, gave me a few ideas. Hope to see more of your work down the road, again welcome.
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Don, beautiful work ... when you say 31 spieces are you saying that each of those wonderful spoons is created from a different wood? I didn't even though there are 31 carvable woods!

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All these spoons are of a different species, and there are several I do not consider carvable, such as mesquite, hickory, and juniper. Juniper was the only one I had to attempt 3 times to get a successful spoon out of. I guess I was too strong. I was carving the handle, and split it into two peices (which then became many more pieces), not once, but twice.

Here's a list, 37 completed, with 4 more on the way: White oak, white cedar, osage orange, black willow, ash, sugar pine, chestnut, birch, alder, basswood, maple, koa, cottonwood, redwood, aspen, butternut, walnut, hackberry, spruce, red cedar, juniper, poplar, yellow cedar, red oak, douglas fir, cherry, apple, cypress, beech, sassafras, sycamore, hickory, and mesquite. Not shown yet are pecan, elm, myrtle, and sumac. I'm working on catalpa, ailanthus, holly, and black locust.

This collection convinced me of the wonders of rotary carvers! They make quick work of bowls.
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