Carving the Christmas tree into something new has become an annual tradition for me. This spoon was created with the stump of Limmy III — our tree from 2018. We didn’t have much free time between Christmas and New Year so I wrapped the stump in a damp towel and stashed it away in the shed.
The curve between the bowl and handle was lovely to carve. As always, I became totally absorbed in the process and forgot to document anything along the way. But this is a good before and after photo… I can’t believe my hands did all this.
The stump ended up going further than I thought too; there was enough wood to carve a full sized spoon as well as some wooden beads. I loved making them but it was hard on my fingers. And addictive, which didn’t help the finger situation.
The beads were a labour of love. I whittled a few jumbo beads for myself and some smaller beads for making gifts.
Not too shabby for my first attempt! I like that the middle bead looks like an eyeball!
Christmas isn’t that far away now so I better sharpen my tools and start thinking about what I’m going to make this year. Perhaps a stubby spoon that’s actually symmetrical and a Swedish style butter knife. We shall see…