Woodworking: From a Log to a Spoon
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In From a Log to a Spoon, Frank Strazza, Master Craftsman with Heritage School of Woodworking, will show you how to make a Swedish-Style Spoon starting with a log straight from the woods or from the firewood pile. You’ll learn how to select your log and what woods work best for splitting. Then, Frank shows you how to split the log with a froe and mallet and how to rough shape the spoon using a hatchet and the “chopping-splitting” technique.
At the workbench, he carves the bowl of the spoon with a gouge while discussing grain direction. Frank then moves to the shaving horse to shape the spoon using drawknife and spokeshave before fine-tuning and smoothing it with a scraper and Swedish knife.
You’ll learn the difference between working with wet or dry wood and the pros and cons of scraping or sanding. Frank then discusses what types of oils are best to finish the spoon with.
In this truly enjoyable video, you will see a spoon take shape out of a rough-looking piece of firewood. Frank presents well, with over 20 years of experience and having successfully trained many hundreds of students at all different levels. Learn how, and try your own hand at this rewarding, simple project!
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Frank Strazza’s first recollection of any interest in woodworking is from the age of seven when his mother found an old hand-crank drill at an antique trading post. This piqued Frank’s interest in tools and in working with wood. At an early age he took some woodworking classes on weekday evenings and at the age of twelve, he built a cedar chest with hand cut dovetails throughout.
Frank apprenticed with Heritage Craftsman, first in Austin, Texas and then later at Homestead Heritage in central Texas. He has been working with wood for over 25 years and his work has been featured in both local and national publications, including Woodworker West, Woodwork Magazine and Fine Woodworking. Frank has won many awards for many of his pieces, including multiple first place awards both at the Texas Furniture Makers Show and at the International Design in Wood Exhibition in California. He, along with several other of our craftsmen, was even the first American woodworker in over 100 years to be commissioned by the President to make a furniture piece for the permanent collection at the White House.
Frank teaches woodworking out of his many years of experience in building furniture. He is a full time instructor at the Heritage School of Woodworking, located in central Texas. His passion for the craft shines through in his work as well as his teaching. Frank lives in central Texas with his wife, Amy and five young children. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling with his children, reading about woodworking as well as playing the cello in his community orchestra.