Spoon carving is a handy bushcraft skill for every woodsman.
The ability to fashion your own eating utensils is a worthwhile addition to your self-sufficiency skill set. It’s also a fun and satisfying activity.
Here is a great tutorial on how to go about carving a spoon from a thick tree branch or chunk of wood. The carver explains and demonstrates the process in clear and concise fashion.
The tools required are few:
- Axe or hatchet
- Mora spoon knife or hook knife
You probably already have everything but the hook knife (also called a crook knife or crooked knife). You can find spoon knives from several sources and they run in the neighborhood of $30.
Spoon carving is also a great activity to create wonderful handmade gifts for friends and family.
A word of caution: If you do decide to try your hand at spoon carving, be prepared for the likelihood of becoming obsessed with it. The decision to carve a single spoon may turn into kitchen drawers overflowing with useful and attractive wooden spoons.