I've been carving wooden spoons as often as I can. To both keep the cost down and use soft wood, downed limbs are sawed up and carted home. Spoon "blanks" are chopped into shape with my axe and then stuck in the freezer. This helps keep them "green." I finish the spoons within an inch of their lives. And then I wood burn my initials and the date on the handles. I spend hours and hours on this and love every moment of it.