Every week or two I wander out in the woods to see if any new sycamore branches are on the ground. After rain storms is the best time to find them. I feel so excited when I see new ones as it means I have wonderful carving wood for a few weeks.
I barely got down the trail this week before I found this one.
Actually, I carved multiple spoons.
I sawed off the top of a cup hook and squeezed it with pliers until it looked like a "j." Then I layed the "j" on the back of the spoon and pressed a hot wood burning tool on top of it. After a few minutes, it branded just fine.
There are some fancy spoons that I have half finished on my work table, but plain old spoons are satisfying to work on. Plain ones are the ones I go back to work on day after day.