I don’t think I have carved anything since Scouts, and even then, not much. However, I had made an offhand comment to my wife one time and ended up with a Mora 163 Spoon-carving knife in my stocking this year. I had the kids out in the shop today while watching football, and I grabbed a hunk of lauan/Philippine mahogany, and began to play around.
I started by roughing out the shape, using an old Case folder for the bowl and my Wilmont Wharny to hog out the handle. I eventually switched to using the Wilmont full-time, using it somewhat like a one-handed draw-knife.
I alternated between hollowing and shaping, and eventually the piece took shape. I probably spent 3 hours or so working on it today, and I don’t think it is a bad first attempt. It was strange to spend an hour carving only feet away from a stationary belt-sander, which could have finished the shaping in minutes.
I don’t imagine it will ever be a passion the way it is for my friend Bill, but carving my first spoon was fun and challenging. It seems like a skill that will be useful for making future Christmas gifts.