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Gum burl tea spoon by myceliae Gum burl tea spoon by myceliae
I was intending to carve a bowl, but the wood I chose split. I picked up this little burl from the woodpile and thought it might have some potential. In its raw form it looked a bit like a flat grey slug :D
The two-tone wood in the handle is not dyed or coloured, it's just a function of the wood itself. Isn't it gorgeous?

I believe that happy accidents like that don't tend to happen if you start off with a set idea or plan. Trying to impose a design on something as unpredictable as wood, you can often miss gorgeous forms like this that pop up.
I try to listen to what the piece wants, and for this reason I love working with burls or twisty/gnarly pieces. They have their own flow and curl that has such character and potential.

Couldn't help carving the spirals on the end *grin*.

The finished piece is about 4 inches (or 10 cms) from end to end, carved from an unknown eucalypt species, and oiled with apricot kernel oil.


If there are any more experienced wood workers out there who would like to give me some feedback, I'd be delighted (hence the critique request).
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you actually use this regularly? It almost looks to beautiful to use, yet begs to be used.
Ceilius Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done!
svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
This is so beautiful! The form and the colours of the wood are so lovely. I adore carved wood, and now I'm all inspired to do some carving myself! (I have no idea were to start, so it's off to the library, to find some tutorial books)
Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
its like one of those fairy tale spoons :D :)
myceliae Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fairytale is a good way to describe it :) Thankyou.
Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
^^ :D your welcome :D:D:D
KimsButterflyGarden Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I love these spoons! I imagine tiny fairies using spoons that look like this. I love the freely swirling design and the :bug: natural feel to them :heart: I have submitted this picture to the 'Featured' folder in my group "Fairy Doors and More," [link] an artisan crafts based group with a fairy theme. If you are interested in submitting more work or joining, please feel invited to do so! :heart:
myceliae Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hello, and thankyou for submitting my spoon! I am already a part of the group :D
And a lovely one it is, too.

KimsButterflyGarden Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
lol yes you're welcome! I realized that as soon as I clicked "send" >.< I write more or less the same message over and over to people, I got caught up in it and didn't realize who I was writing to right away. Love your work as always! :love:
myceliae Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Heheh, no worries :D and thankyou again!
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