How to make a wooden spoon, the viking way
Step 2: the tools I use.
This is the tools you need to make a spoon. My tools are hand forged reconstructions of viking tools.
Axe: any small hand axe will do fine. It just needs to be sharp. A good hand axe weighs around 500-600g
hammer: you need a heavy hammer. If it is to small it will not have enough force to split the wood.
wedge: A heavy iron wedge made for splitting firewood will work fine. Alternatively use a old axe and hammer it through the log. Don’t use you good axe for that. You ruin the axe that way.
Knife: a small sharp knife will do.
Spoon knife: You need a spoonknife, in my book there are no alternatives. You will probably not find it in you local hardwarestore, but you can buy it online. The best are handforged made by S. DjÃ¤rv but you can also go after the cheap ones made by Frost Sweden.
Step 3: The wood
You need a log of wood. It needs to be 10-15 cm longer than the spoon you want to make. It needs to be newly cut. The wood you don’t use right away you can leave it some high grass. Then it will be wet and workable for 2-4 weeks.
All wood can be used, but fruit tree are best. For this spoon I’m using applewood. That’s a very good wood for spoonmaking. It’s hard and very durable in use. And it looks nice with the all white grains.
Step 4: Splitting the log
Step 5: cut the rougt shape of the spoon with the axe.
Step 6: Using knifes to finish the shaping.
Step 7: Sanding
I start with sandpaper grain 100, then 180, 240 and 400. If I’m doing it the real viking way I’m only using the special kind of horsetail called “Skavgraes”
Sand outside or wear dust mask, or both.