What an intimidating project! Making something from scratch and working with wood? Crazy things.
My preliminary ideas first focused mostly on attempting to fix a problem. I even asked a couple people about any problems they may have during Thanksgiving that could be fixed by a utensil or vessel.
Problems included food running into other food, portion sizes...but mostly food running into other food.
I tried to do the least amount of evaluation that I could. I attempted to generate ideas very freely without thinking too much. My favorite idea, even though I didn't make it, was definitely the turkey stuffing fist. Genius.
After the ideation period, I decided on a turkey-shaped wooden spoon that would be able to rest on the edge of a pot to avoid dripping. Festive, functional, and fun! Was this going to solve a problem? Just the most important problem ever to be solved: no turkey spoons.
My trip to Youngblood Lumber in Northeast Minneapolis was a new and exciting experience. Because I seemed to know very little about what I was doing, I ended up getting a pretty hefty discount on my ten feet of ash. The lumber yard proved to be intimidating, but I was very proud of myself when I left.
With a sketch in hand, I set off to the shop in Rapson. Bless those shop guys' hearts. They were so willing to help me with almost every single step of my project. I felt relieved that I had worked with power tools before. The process for making my spoon was a long one.
First, I drew a sketch of the spoon on my wood and cut out a basic shape on the bandsaw. Next, I decided on a thickness for the spoon and cut that out using the technique Justin showed the class. The third step was a monster. Using a burr, I very very slowly carved out the bowl of the spoon. Fortunate for me, the tool wasn't too hard to use. Unfortunate for everyone in the shop at the time, the tool made just the worst noises. After shaping the bowl, I used three kinds of sanders to smooth out the shape of the spoon. I wanted to keep the ridges on the end of the spoon so it would look like the gobbler of a turkey. This was achieved by using the edge of a small sander to make grooves and then the face of the sander to shape the ridges.
The rest of the sanding was done in my apartment while I listened to Christmas music. I wish I would have spent more time making the bowl of the spoon smoother in the shop because sanding it down by hand took a lot longer than expected.
After sanding, I applied some beeswax finish I purchased at the co-op. It smelled so nice and worked so well! I also added some finishing touches to the spoon to make it's turkey personality shine.
(After sanding but before detail and finish)
(After beeswax finish)
The finished spoon can be rested on the edge of a pot! A special turkey cooking tool for your special turkey day feast!
Practical? Maybe not. Necessary? Probably not. Marketable to a stay at home mom who frequently says, "Oh fer cute!"? Absolutely.