I've gone crazy for spoon carving again recently. My shop mate and I started a once monthly spoon carving night in our workshop for friends and acquaintances to stop by and learn to carve spoons. One of the reasons that we wanted to do this was to inspire both of us to make more spoons. It has worked. Zach has carved enough spoons to outfit five armies, and I've finished a couple myself, but this is the one that I am most excited about.
I sand the bowl and sometimes the upper portion of the handle, but the rest of the spoon is straight from the knife. I have more fun carving spoons than doing just about anything else.
Dan Farnbach at Popular Woodworking interviewed me a couple of weeks ago about the tools that I make and I went on a little tirade about my deep and abiding love of spoon carving.
Here is the link: Chairmaking Tools that Feel and Work Right.