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Square Knot wooden spoon

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You're not going to get much wood for your money with this spoon. But... you do get a fairly large chunk of my time spent. Carved from a single piece of Lilac this little spoon is a lightweight, measuring 8" long with knot extended and 7 1/2" with the knot 'retracted'. The bowl and the knot are about 3/4" wide and the whole spoon is less than 1/4" thick.

The 'square knot' was the first knot I learned to tie as a kid in the Boy Scouts..... and about the only one that I still remember how to tie. "Left over right, right over left". This knot is 'free floating', meaning that I painstakingly separated the top layer from the bottom.... somehow without breakage. I now have a great appreciation for Lilac's carving characteristics... very tight grained wood and not so brittle.

This sort of spoon is usually done with the help of a scroll saw (and high speed 'dental' tools), which allows prior removal of the 'empty spaces'. Not having one of those as of yet, I was challenged to remove the 'voids' with bits and files.... which turned out to be excessively time consuming. I am glad to be done with this one.

I doubt this will be of much use in the kitchen as it doesn't stand a chance against the mashed potatoes, but still it has been finished with oil and beeswax.

I do all my carving in an alley way behind a friend's garage. It is the sort of alley where a lot of 'street people' frequent and over time they have become sort of 'fans' of my spoons. They stop and chit chat most days and hit me up for some beer money. As I was nearing finishing this spoon 'Ted' stops by to have a look. He is impressed with the fragility of this spoon and asks to hold it. I say "Okay, just be really careful." So he gingerly takes the spoon into his hands and proceeds to squeeze the two protruding 'strings' towards each other. Yikes! But it didn't even break.... which amazed me about this wood.