Functional, artistic, whimsical! When it comes to designing your very own spoon, the possibilities are endless.
QUICK START TO CARVING
Download one of our three basic spoon templates. Cut out the top and side profile and follow our STEP-BY-STEP SPOON CARVING TUTORIAL. You can also use these templates as a starting point for creating your own unique spoon design.
DESIGNING YOUR OWN SPOON
Inspiration for your design can come from anywhere.
Perhaps it's as close as in your kitchen drawer with the shape of your favorite cooking spoon, or maybe it comes from the nostalgia of using a cute little jam spoon during breakfast on a trip abroad or perhaps you follow wood carving artists on Instagram and you're inspired by their process.
The short story is that the possibilities are endless, so begin the creative process by taking a look around and start gathering ideas and design details to create your own unique spoon.
Collect your ideas by sketching them down. Have fun and play with the shape & form and you will quickly have a spoon that is completely unique to you.
FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
Does your spoon need to function a certain way? If it does, ask yourself how your spoon will be used, and what features and dimensions are required to make it perform successfully.
Here are a couple questions to get you started:
1. Will your spoon be used for eating food? If so, is it for an adult, child or baby and how wide/narrow should the bowl of the spoon be to fit in a mouth?
2. Does it need to measure or serve food? How much will it need to hold? How will this affect the shape/size of the bowl and length/thickness of the handle?
3. Will the spoon be used for stirring? Will you be stirring thick mixes like bread batter or lighter thinner things like sauces and how will this affect the handle thickness? How long should the handle be to reach the bottom of the bowl? Would the tip of the spoon need to be a certain shape to scrape the bottom of a bowl efficiently?
The end use of your spoon and the colour you are looking for will dictate the species of wood appropriate for your project.
Read about the different types of wood suitable for hand carving in our ALL ABOUT WOOD article.
CREATING THE TEMPLATE: TOP PROFILE
To show you the process of how to create a template for your spoon design, let's create a design for a jam/preserve spoon together.
1. Start with a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the center.
2. From our research our jam spoon will need to have dimensions of (W) 3cm x (L) 14cm. So, we will add a box with those dimensions, lining up the center of the box with the line you created.
3. The design of the bowl of our jam spoon will be just slightly longer than it is wide. So, we will draw in half of that dimension on one side of the centerline.
4. Next, draw in the handle design. If you are desiging a spoon for stirring heavy batters, make sure the neck isn't too narrow. If too narrow, this will be a weak point and could break under pressure.
5. This design will be symmetrical, so we will fold the piece of paper in half along the center line and use scissors to cut out the outline of your half spoon.
6. Unfold your template to reveal your full spoon profile and draw in the other half of the end of the bowl. If you think this will be a design you will make multiple spoons from, you should transfer your design over to a more durable piece of cardstock or cardboard/recycled plastic. Keeping a library of templates is a great way to create consistency in your work and evolution in your design process.
CREATING THE TEMPLATE: SIDE PROFILE
Spoons are 3D objects so it's handy to have a side profile template so you can accurately carve the side shape and dimensions of your design.
1. On a piece of paper, draw a horizontal line down the center.
2. From our research our jam spoon will need to have side profile dimensions of (D) 1.5cm x (L) 14cm. We will add a box with those dimensions, lining up the top of the box with the line we just created.
3. The side profile of the spoon bowl needs to match the overall length of the top profile bowl dimension, so we need to measure that out or use your top profile template to sketch that in.
4. Next, draw in the handle design. Make sure the neck isn't too narrow. If too narrow, this might become a weak point and could break under pressure.
5. Cut out the outline of your side profile.
6. If you think this will be a design you will want to make multiples of, you should transfer your design over to a more durable piece of cardstock, cardboard or flat plastic packaging from your recycling bin.