Sunday, January 2, 2011
Well, the real present turned out to be a bandsaw--a tool I have been teasing Rog I needed since before we were married (My friend Debbie cleverly told her sweetheart she wouldn't get married until she owned a bandsaw--thus, she has had her bandsaw for over 25 years!) The pieces of wood were from some of the invasive buckthorn we chopped down last fall -buckthorn has a very pretty red wood.
This afternoon, Rog and I played with the bandsaw, and created three wacky buckthorn utensils: Rog's long-handled bowl scraper, the completed very-long-handled spoon, and my jam-spreader/cupcake-froster with a scooped blade and finger holds.
We learned a lot about carving spoons from buckthorn from this experiment - not the least of which is if your spoon breaks, you can still make it into a different utensil! If we get more skilled and considerably faster at carving spoons and utensils, perhaps we will try to sell them at the Farmers Market next summer.