This is part two of a series on making a spoon. To see Part 1 click here.
Having cut out my spoon pattern I take the rough edges off with a file. I also rounded some of the edges slightly.
Because I will be doing a lot of hammering and forming on the bowl of the spoon I annealed the metal so it would be softer. Annealing is the process of heating and cooling the metal to soften it and make it easier to manipulate. To see my video blog on how to anneal metal click here.
Once the spoon is annealed and cleaned it is ready for sinking. Sinking involves hammering a flat piece of metal into a concave shape which has usually been carved into a tree stump. The bowl of the spoon is held over the dip and hammered into it using a mallet. The mallet hammers the metal without marking it.
The spoon is now taking shape so it is then put on a spoon stake to give the bowl of the spoon more depth and form. This is hammered using a planishing hammer. This highly polished hammer face is used to refine the form and surface on the stake. The stake that I am using for this is called a spoon stake as it is the shape of the bowl of a spoon. This domed stake is held in a vice.To see my blog post on some of my other stakes click here.
The way I hammer the piece is to start in the centre and work clockwise around the bowl until I get to the edge. When the entire bowl has been planished on the stake it is time to anneal it again. After annealing the spoon I will do some more work on the stake and then begin work on the handle. Part 3 to follow…