I carved two spoons today. The first had a long and spindly handle and I accidentally punched through the bowl of the spoon as I neared completion of it.

The second I was much more conservative with, and decided to leave off when it reached a state of “rustic but pleasing.”  The top spoon of course is the spindly one. The bottom one in the photo is the more conservative one.

Spoons are easier to carve than chip-carved panels. But they’re more of a high-wire act. The closer you get to “done” the more careful you must be. The closer you are to being “done”, though, the more risk you must take to get the curves smoothed out.