This isn't the deep ladle I want, but it is getting there. As I was carving, I followed the swirl of the grain. Engrossed in the grain, I missed the dark brown stripe until I had carved a bit of it away. Oh well. Another lesson. Pay attention to the whole piece you are working on. I would have loved for the stripe to have gone all the way down the handle.
Here's the sycamore limb from which the spoon began.