Using the Mora 163: My first attempt at spoon-carving

My first hand-carved spoon. Not an objet d’art, but a passable enough attempt.

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.

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And it begins…

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.

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Most carvers like a small blade. I went the other direction.

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.

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needs sanding…by hand in this case.

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.

A little bit chunky. There will be better in the future.



  1. Bill J says:

    Nice work! You should get a Mora 120 or 106 for the finishing cuts. Almost every carver I know has one of those in their kit. You could also try green wood next time.

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