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    Default Best wood for carving a spoon ?

    After 30 years I need to replace my big wooden spoon.
    It just developed a split.
    If I go with carving one myself what would be the best wood that is also locally available?
    Finished spoon needs to be 100 wide bowl and 600mm long
    I'm also going to need a new big pot stirrer too if I manage to get a new stockpot and that would be about 800 long
    I could just go and buy one but I thought making one would fill in a few hours pleasurably.
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    For that I'd head over to the Woodworkers Forums. Just one post I found
    https://www.woodworkforums.com/f10/l...carving+spoons
    and it links to
    https://thisbodger.wordpress.com/201...spoon-carving/

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    This guy, https://www.thejoyofwood.com.au/author/greg-miller/ is quite a fan of olive wood. Talking to him occasionally and also when I demo at the wood shows he dries quite a bit of his wood in the microwave.
    NB: Carving wood needs to be green otherwise it's too hard to carve. Have a read of some of his pages, there seems to be quite a few valuable tips there.
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

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    ....no expert but seems any non toxic wood is fine (soft or hard woods)

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    Thanx for the links.
    I may have to wait until a branch falls down
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    Thanx for the links.
    I may have to wait until a branch falls down
    Or you could stop stirring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    Thanx for the links.
    I may have to wait until a branch falls down
    I've a paddock full of branches if you feel like a 4 hour return drive!!!

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    I'm waiting until the Jamie Oliver go to clearance but really far too small for big pots of Ragu Di Bolognese
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    A soft wood is best, like Colling Wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpkennedy View Post
    A soft wood is best, like Colling Wood.
    Well deserving for a wooden spoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bros View Post
    Or you could stop stirring.
    I see what you did there.
    I am not responsible for anything that Moondog says!

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    If what you want to make is a spoon to stir a large pot, you don't really want carving material, just wood that can withstand heat. Make a paddle out of a plank of tassie oak. If you must, carve a bit of a cavity on one side and shape the edges. You can also use Yellow Box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    I'm waiting until the Jamie Oliver go to clearance but really far too small for big pots of Ragu Di Bolognese
    Use more but smaller pots

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    It's hard making decent chicken stock in 7 different pots at once. I am still chasing a reasonable 40 litre or bigger stock pot. Chicken frames come in 20 kilo boxes and even 2:1 is a little light on the water for good flavour extraction, I like 3:1 so a 60 litre pot would be perfect and save much time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondog55 View Post
    It's hard making decent chicken stock in 7 different pots at once. I am still chasing a reasonable 40 litre or bigger stock pot. Chicken frames come in 20 kilo boxes and even 2:1 is a little light on the water for good flavour extraction, I like 3:1 so a 60 litre pot would be perfect and save much time.
    Gee you must use a lot of chicken stock making 10l at a time, how do you store it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bros View Post
    Gee you must use a lot of chicken stock making 10l at a time, how do you store it.
    Concentrate it and then freeze
    In winter we go through a lot of chicken soup.
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    Moon,...if anything, thought this jig might be of interest I'd just spotted whilst looking at workshop ideas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf3xqePCilQ

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