This spoon was uncharted territory for me. My mom told me how much she loves Welsh Love Spoons so for Christmas I decided to make her one. Nowhere near as elaborate as the ones I used for inspiration, I'm happy with the results. It's made from cherry and I finished it with Danish oil.
The finished photos first
I made a few small sketches to get a basic idea of what I wanted and then made a full size template. I cut this out and traced it onto my piece.
I drilled out the waste with forstner bits, used a scroll saw to cut to my line, and then an oscillating spindle sander where it would fit for the inside sections.
Using a Hirsch #7 35mm straight gouge to make the spoon part
Smoothing it out with a card scraper and sandpaper
Cut it out on the bandsaw
Lots and lots of shaping. Rasps, files, flat and round bottom spokeshaves, chisels, sandpaper, and most importantly, my card scrapers.
Finished with a few coats of Danish oil.