Spoon turning Demonstration by Roger Gladdish

Meeting in the Scout Hall on Thursday 24th July the Wight Woodturners continued with their regular evening programme. Sadly, we seem to have lost just one or two members with our change of venue but this evening we were pleased to offer a warm welcome to some of our new members and enquirers.


As customary, the evening started with our regular Show-and-Tell where members show off their most recent work and exchange information on turning jigs and tools or just interesting news.


The highlight of this evening was a practical turning demonstration by our Roger Gladdish on how to make wooden scoops and spoons. This was by way of an introduction to our August Competition where members are asked to enter a "Spoon, Knife and Fork". Well, during our evening meeting Roger showed us how to make the Spoon, so the Knife and the Fork are left to the member's imagination and ingenuity! I'm sure we won't be disappointed.

 A few pictures below gives a flavour of our evening.

To see a larger image just click on any of the small pictures.

Our Meeting gets under way on a very warm summer evening. There’s plenty of space and time before we start for Members to “network”.
David is first up on the Show-&-Tell, displaying two sycamore thin walled bowls. One of these started life at our Demonstration for the Scouts earlier in July. It has now been finished, signed and polished. 
Here, Gareth proudly shows off a recent bowl. As can be seen in the inset the bowl has moved quite a bitsince being turned. Now there’s a challenge Gareth, to make a “feature” of the crack that’s developed. 
The highlight of the evening is a scoop and spoon turning Demonstration by Roger. Here he selects a piece of dry, straight grained cherry to make a small scoop.
Mounted between centres Roger turns a straight cylinder and adds a dovetail spigot on one end so the blank can be mounted in the chuck. Here, Roger explains how to cut the dovetail.
Now the profile is turned, a wine glass shape with a long parallel section at the top. Don't make the stem too thin as it has to support the shape during the hollowing-out process. 
Next, Roger hollows out the inside of the scoop. With a hollowing tool that size it doesn't take him long!
With the hollowing complete we're ready to refine the shape of the "stem" to make the scoop handle. 
Just like this!
Roger now cuts through the "bowl" of the wine glass at a slicing angle to form the scoop. Not easy on the lathe as it's a bit wobbly. Now, let's try it off the lathe!
Well, anyway you would do this on a band-saw wouldn't' you?
(Properly supported of course!)
So here's the finished scoop at the top of this picture.

Below is the small spoon Roger makes after the tea break.

Roger chooses a piece of straight grained beech for the spoon. Maple, olive or close grained sycamore will do just as well. 
Next, after turning to round he marks out the principal dimensions on the blank. Now Roger blocks out the design but leaves the handle fairly thick at this stage so the sphere for the bowl can be formed without too much vibration or chatter.
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The sphere to fit the collet and the refining of the handle are now completed. The spoon is carefully parted off leaving a smooth sphere and a finished handle. The sphere should be a snug fit in the collet.
This is the collet made earlier. You can just see the "missing segment" to accommodate the spoon handle. A strong Jubilee clip is used to pinch the collet and hold the bowl of the spoon. In order to run as true as possible the collet dove-tail should be as large a diameter as possible and the collet as short in length as possible.
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Here's the spoon mounted in the collet ready to be hollowed. With fingers and knuckles out of the way Roger carefully hollows out the little spoon. Here is the spoon with turning complete. In your workshop, with dust extraction, it would of course be sanded too.
Nice one Roger!

Many thanks to Roger for an entertaining and thought provoking evening.

A few Resources

If you want to see a video of turning a spoon try these:-

A method similar to Rogers Spoon, but the video is not of best quality - here
Again similar, better quality video, but a bit short on commentary - here
This is an interesting technique for long handled spoons- two at a time! Here
  A PDF with some nice pictures and description
If you want some ideas for spoons here's a few pictures - here
  As I said, the ideas for the Knife and Fork are up to you!!



Next Club Meeting

Scout Hall 28th August - Competition “Spoon, Knife and Fork”

Plus our usual Show-and-tell etc.


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Pictures – John Osborn & Peter Smart
Words – Peter Smart
7th August 2014