I’m always on the lookout for curves in branches and stems like these…
They make interesting and strong spoons.
When I spotted this lump of Birch it was saying “Take me and release the ladles and scoops that are contained within!”
I should have realised that I’d met my match when both wedges were well stuck and the split wasn’t opening up…
But I sweated, swore and persevered and eventually it split into 3 ugly chunks.
From which I managed to hack out a ladle, a spoon and a scoop.
It’s quite a severe challenge carving this type of wood. The grain swerves, dips and dives and does the most radically unpredictable things but ultimately it’s quite a satisfying feeling to have won the fight with the wood.