How to Make a Spoon

This course is designed for beginner woodworkers or those new to hand tools. You don’t need many tools or much experience to successfully make a spoon. However, you will gain great insight into the tools and how to work wood in the process of making it.

Here are the tools and equipment you will need:

*You can use a wide variety of woods, avoid exotic woods because they can be toxic and can also give off a flavour when cooking. Also avoid woods that are very porous (such as oak), which can absorb foods and juices and can be difficult to clean.

Here are some suggested woods that work well:

  • Sycamore
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Poplar
  • Cherry

To read more about Choosing woods, see our guide.

4 Comments

  1. mcael on 31 July 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Another simple project for a beginner, like Paul I must run into three figures if not four. It’s not as though you start counting from when you make your first one.

  2. Ustcrbi on 16 October 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Paul – apologies in advance for a long post. I have been following your various content for quite a while. I have always done “carpentry” projects and I think am fairly handy – enough to make my wife whatever she asks for and she is usually happy with the result. However now trying to learn more about woodworking as a craft. My grandfather was a carpenter and has given me many of his old hand tools (saws, planes, etc). Using your videos I’ve been able to restore the edges and handles and they really work better than I could ever have hoped.
    Now to the point… I recently collected some cherry logs that were left on my property after the utilities trimmed trees. I started breaking the wood down with the thought to make some spatulas, spoons, and utensils. However, as I am cleaning up the stock a bit I found that the wood is already spalted. It is still very solid, no soft spots. I love the look of the spalting and plan to grab some more to dry it out. The question is can I use spalted wood for utensils or does it pose any hazards?

    Thank you for what you are doing. It’s making all the difference for me and gives me an opportunity as a hobbyist with full time job and young children to actually learn this craft from a master in the small spaces where I find some quiet time!

    • Izzy Berger on 19 October 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Craig,

      It depends on the wood but the issue with spalted wood is there is no way to measure the density of the wood because spalting is a degrade via fungal attack. You have to approach spalted wood with caution as it’s difficult to tell the extent of the decay, Paul wouldn’t recommend using it for utensils.

      Kind Regards,
      Izzy

  3. Nenad Jankovic on 4 April 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Just completed this one. Great project for beginners. For me, the hardest part was “6. Shaping the Back of the Spoon”, especially the top part of the back.
    Thanks a lot!

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