Here are a few spoons I've completed recently. Most have some areas that are sanded, many have some areas that are knife-finished. One thing I'm learning is that even if I plan to sand the spoon, sanding time is cut way down if I do some careful finishing knife work after the spoon is thoroughly dry. (I guess I assume you know that it's easiest to do most of the carving while the wood is as wet as possible). All of these spoons are finished with raw flax oil. The spoons pictured are spoken for by their new owners. Others will be available in the weeks to come; watch this blog for news on that.
I've been a professional woodworker for two decades, the past dozen years of which I've spent at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia. I also teach woodworking classes, mostly at Highland Woodworking.
I write this blog to show what can be done with very basic tools in limited space. Even though woodworking is part of my day job, for my own personal projects I work in borrowed space: half of a two-car garage.
I also write occasional posts about why I'm a woodworker: the pleasures of working and the beauty of the material.
DISCLAIMER: Since I teach classes at Highland Woodworking, I link to products on their website as a professional courtesy. I do not get a sales commission from Highland. As of this writing (2017) I haven't ever received free or discounted tools, supplies, or services for purposes of reviewing or promoting them. I promise to change this statement to reflect any facts that might change!