The Handcrafted Ladle

Vine maple - a NW native

Vine maple – a NW native

Winter is a great time to be out in the woods.  Especially for some fun  little bushcraft projects.  All the leaves are down and it is really easy (or easier) to scramble around in a tangle of vine maple roots to find the exact specimen for carving a wooden ladle.

So I found this gem right along the banks of the Snohomish River and decided it would be worth a little effort.

Here is a video I made of the day to day developments:


The handcrafted ladle

The handcrafted ladle

Well, as you saw in the video, it didn’t actually work out the way I intended.  That’s one of the challenges of working with green wood, you just never know exactly how it’s gonna respond to carving and drying out.  But on the plus side it was a fun few days, and I truly enjoying the process of taking a raw piece of natural material and chopping away at it until you find something beautiful inside… Wow, that could be a metaphor for so many things in life!

So, as I said in the video, if you want this little (slightly flawed) wooden ladle to hang on the side of your chuckwagon, or to use as a long handled scoop for your pet food bag, let me know.  It’s free to the first person to claim it.

Thanks for following along.  Kat

About Jeff Katzer

Welcome friends. I'm a cyclist, hiker, motorbike rider, kayaker, photographer, videographer, ukulele player, snowshoer, XC skier, and BEST of all - a grandpa. Somewhere in that list above you'll find the theme of the Adventure Journal.
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2 Responses to The Handcrafted Ladle

  1. John says:

    Kat, this video is epic in production value. No down time and kept me interested the whole way through. Great editing. Awesome job on the ladle too, that spokeshave looked like it was just melting the wood, I need to get me one of those. Thanks for sharing this!

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