Weekend Project - Carved Salad Servers archive
Friday 28 March 2014
Peter Benson shows you how to carve a simple spoon and adapt the pattern to make a salad server setError loading Partial View script (file: ~/Views/MacroPartials/cwsGalleryImages.cshtml)
This project can be modified to produce several other similar pieces. We will start with a simple spoon and then look at how this design can be used as a basic shape from which a pair of salad servers or a kitchen spatula can be made. You could also personalise any of these with added carved decoration.
Iâ€™ll start by carving a simple spoon shape to get the idea of the process and then will elaborate on it.
Timber considerationThe timber must be quite hard and it must be non-toxic. A surprising number of timbers are not recommended for culinary or general kitchen use as they can have unhealthy consequences. Also the dust from many of these is actually very harmful so should be avoided.
In general you will be alright with lime (Tilia vulgaris), sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and the fruitwoods - apple (Malus sylvestris), pear (Pyrus communis), cherry (Prunus spp.) etc.
The wood doesn't even need to be dry - it can be cut from green logs if necessary and often it is better to carve it this way.
STEP 1Sketch out a rough shape, draw a centreline along its full length, then carefully draw half of your design and cut it out from a piece of card. Transfer this pattern onto your block of wood, fold it over - keeping the centreline in the same place - and draw the other side to give the whole symmetrical outline of the spoon.
STEP 2Using your bandsaw or coping saw, cut round the outline, keeping as close to the line as you can to maintain the symmetry.
STEP 3Use the waste material to make a jig in which to hold the spoon while you carve it. There are many other ways that you can stop the spoon from moving but this is probably the easiest.
STEP 4Carve out the bowl hollow first, using a 12mm gouge with a fairly deep sweep, say a 5, 6 or 7.
Making the salad server spoomCarving the bowl first keeps the block flat on the supporting board. If you carve the back first this is not the case and you could have problems.
Work across the direction of the grain to avoid splitting out and undercutting what you have already carved. With any hollow shapes or difficult grain patterns, it is always better to work across the grain. Don't try to carve too deeply on this first spoon; it is not really necessary and can only cause problems.
When using a coping saw, the blade needs to be fitted so that the teeth point towards the handle. This means that the cutting stroke is a pull stroke either towards you if the spoon is vertical, or downwards if the spoon is held flat. If the blade is pointing the other way there is a danger of it springing out of the saw because you will be cutting with a push stroke.