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How To Carve A Wooden Spoon – By Best Woodcarving Tools

Kitchen utensils remain one of the best beginner projects for woodcarvers, it has a simple shape but requires all of the basic whittling cuts to complete. Carving spoons has become a separate art itself because it offers a range of personal modifications once the basics are mastered.

I will be covering the basic steps on how to carve a wooden spoon, all that is necessary to have is the best whittling knife you can find available to you, a hook knife, and some wood.

For safety purposes, making controlled cuts and keeping the blade sharp is essential during this whole project, wear protection when needed.

Razor Edge Basic Bowl/Spoon Carving Kit (Right-Handed)

Razor Edge Basic Bowl/Spoon Carving Kit (Right-Handed)

Get Some Wood

It is most ideal to find wood where the fibers run parallel and straight, greenwood and basswood are going to be the easiest to work with when carving a wooden spoon. Many woodshop utility stores have wood you can purchase or, if you’re lucky, they’ll just give it to you.

Flatten The Wood

It helps to have a hatchet or an axe during this step, but it is not essential to completing it.

Begin making rough-push cuts along one side of the wood until you have a flat, even surface to draw on, or if the wood acquired already has a flat side with enough area to trace a spoon on then skip to the next step.

Draw An Outline

Once there is a flat, even side to draw on, draw a rough outline of your wooden spoon. You will be carving around the outline so this step is where you can create the desired spoon size and handle shape.

This outline will serve as a guide for the shape of the spoon throughout the remaining steps, so be sure it is visible. It doesn’t need to look nice, just obvious enough to make a barrier for carving the surrounding areas.

Carve The Handle

We want to shave down the excess wood outside of our outline. Depending on which direction the wood grain runs is the direction you will want to carve.

Begin shedding wood material off the sides by the handle. Continue using push cuts to remove larger portions of wood while maintaining control of the knife.

Old Forge Three Piece Wood Carving Set

Old Forge Three Piece Wood Carving Set


Carve The Spoon

Once you’ve shaved down the sides close enough to your rough outline, start shaping the head of the spoon. Remain using the push cut, this will come in handy with pesky end grain which can be harder to remove.

Check the knife for signs of dulling, a chipped or folded bevel are the two main signs, and sharpen accordingly if needed.

Scooping Spoon’s bowl

Grab the hook knife, it can be a single or double bevel, and scoop out the spoon’s bowl. Thde motion is similar to scooping out ice cream from a carton, the deeper you go into the wood the more wood will come out.

It’s a little difficult beginning this motion and can even feel like an awkward motion at times, but it gets easier with the more wood that is removed.

Be aware of how deep your dip is in the bowl, it would be very unfortunate to carve a bowl so deep that you eventually create a hole. This would mean you would have to start all over!


A good way to complete a project is by sanding down all jagged edges and pencil markings while making surfaces even. Take a nice finishing coat to soak the your new hand carved wooden spoon for a darker color. Let it set for a while before wiping off your first completed project!

You can find wood, knife stones to sharpen, and other best wood carving tools by visiting the website, attending a workshop, or just by starting yourself!


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