Birch Spoon Carving Blank 8" x 1-3/4" x 3/4"
These spoon blanks are a popular pattern to use when carving a spoon. They are cut in 2 dimensions so that most of the wood is removed to shorten the carving process. Overall size is 8” long by 1-3/4” wide and 3/4” at the thickest spot. These blanks come in softer basswood and harder birch. Basswood is quite easy to carve and a good wood to learn spoon carving techniques. Once you get the hang of carving basswood, you can progress to the harder birch blanks. Kiln dried birch can be quite hard and difficult to carve. To compensate for this, soak the birch blanks in water for several days and the wood will soften and carve quite easily. Once saturated, carve until you come in contact with dry, harder wood and then throw back in the water for a day or so and keep carving. Once completely carved, set the spoon in a cool, dry place (not in the sun) to slowly dry.
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