Spoons grow on trees.

Green woodcraft by Zach Beauvais.

Hand-carved spoons and pole-lathe turned bowls with wooden cups that start from a fresh log.

Carving spoons with axes and blades

An axe quickly turns a log into billets – workable bits of wood. But, that's not end of axe-work. They're much faster, than pushing and pulling a knife-blade through wood. So, I use a carving axe to slice billets into blanks – roughly spoon-shaped bits of wood

Blade-work starts after the spoon blank is close to its final shape. Then, I use a hook-knife to hollow out the bowl. Once I've got the general shape, and a bowl, I move on to a straight-bladed carving knife to finish up the rest of the shaping.

After drying a few days, I'll go over the spoon once more with the blades – adding in any detail or decoration. This leaves a smooth, tool-finish without sanding. (Sanding tends to make wood feel a bit fluffy when it gets wet.)

I'm Zach Beauvais.

I make useful things from trees.

I start every one of my projects with a tree. If I'm lucky, I get to fell it, but sometimes, I collect up a fresh log. I split green logs with a froe, axe, and wedges. The resulting planks (called billets) then face a carving axe for rough shaping.

Once the shape is roughed out, I move on to refining with straight blades and hook knives (which let me hollow out bowls).

I don't use sandpaper or other abrasives, so everything is tool-finished. This leaves a durable, smooth surface that weathers better than abraded wood which can tear or fluff up when soaked.

I design and make things to be used, even if they might be good to look at.