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In the Kitchen

Are you looking for gifts for one of the cooks in your life? I have a number of spurtles. A spurtle was originally a stir stick for porridge. It's good for stirring sauces, tossing veggies while  a stir-frying or placing over top of a pot of pasta to prevent it from boiling over. Because spurtles are designed to scrape the sides of a pot I make them in right and left handed versions. Spurtles are available in Manitoba maple and walnut.

 

Christmas Ornaments 2016

Victorian 3D ornament

There are a number of new animal ornaments this year.  Most popular so far are the horse and the pig. Every Christmas tree should have a pig! To complete the barnyard there are geese, goats, cats and donkeys.

 

Wooden-hinge box

Wooden-hinge box

For quite a while I've wanted to make a box with wooden hinges.  I reasearched various ways to make the hinges and the method I chose was to drill the hole for the pin first and then cut out the hinge shape using the scroll saw. This may not be the fastest way to do things but it worked well. Because the box is relatively small, about 4 inches long, I cut the rabbets on the lid panel using a hand plane instead of using the table saw. Preparing the panel took less time than I anticipated and, once again, hand tools allowed me to sneak up on the fit.

Bookmarks

These bookmarks are made from cherry and the pierced designs are cut on the scroll saw. The only problem is they don't work with iPads or Kindles.

Mantle decorations

In this creche the figures slide forward slightly to enhance the sense of depth. Although this particular decoration has been sold there are others which contain only the family.

Business card stands

One of the goals for this season's Christmas gifts was to use up some of the scrap wood I have been accumulating. These business card stands allowed me to put a small dent in my scrap pile while experimenting with different combinations of wood. The L-shaped teak edges on some of the stands came from failed picture frames for some of last year's gifts. Before that they were part of a large teak sign that Craig Ainsworth inherited from his uncle. I was delighted by Craig's generous gift of such a large piece of teak.

Spoons for soup and cereal

Medium sized spoons used to eat.

Some folks eat with expensive silver spoons; some eat with spoons from Ikea or Canadian Tire.  All of these spoons work just fine.  For something out of the ordinary try a carved wooden spoon for eating your soup, cereal or chili. The spoon in the centre is made from apple which was dry.  The two spoons flanking it were carved from green elm.

The middle spoon is 8 inches long (20 cm.)  The other spoons are slightly shorter.

Cooking spoons

Elm cooking spoon.

These may not look like the wooden spoons you buy in the grocery store but as far as I'm concerned the best spoon is the spoon that gets used.  I'm using salad bowl finish on all the spoons and it is food safe once it's cured. 

Snake Spoon

A spoon that looks like a snake!

 

Most folks who make spoons go for nice clear wood.  I like all the knots and bumps.  This particular piece had a small knot that went all the way through where I wanted to carve the bowl. When I got the bowl carved it looked to me like eyes so I decided to capitalize on that and carve the handle of the spoon as if it was the body and tail of a snake.

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