New local fleeces - Bergschaf, Blackface, and Rhönschaf Spoons

The raw blade had been lying in Víls workshop for months and finally he got around to fitting a nice two-piece handle made of oak and yew wood. After having learned to sharpen and polish the curved blade, a new tool was born that needed to be put to work immediately.

A log of cherry wood salvaged from the firewood heap in Moesgaard yielded around a dozen properly sized pieces after splitting it with an axe and a wedge. First, the wedge shaped pieces had to be planed roughly using the Axe and a draw knife. Then, the spoon circumferences were drawn onto the wood and more axe and draw knife action delivered the more or less final outer shape. Using a large gouge, the spoon's ladle part was hollowed out roughly and a carving knife pas applied to finish the outer contours. Finally, the spoon carving knife allowed the inner ladle part to be shaped and smoothed nicely.

Observations: This spoon carving knife is best suited for making relatively large and flat spoon ladles. For deeper and smaller ones, a blade with a smaller curving radius would be needed, similar to the find from Bj 55: