Carve a ladle: The secret to carving the perfect ladle

The ladle is an integral part of any kitchen, but it can be difficult to figure out how to carve the perfect one. This article aims to shed some light on carving techniques that have worked well for many people in the past, as well as some tips and tricks to help you get it right. Read on to find out How to carve a ladle that is perfect ladle!

Tools and Materials Needed for Making a Ladle

  • A sharp axe
  • Carving knife
  • Spoon knife
  • Chopping block
  • A pencil to trace the design of your ladle
  • Sandpaper
  • Regular knife
  • Hack saw

With a sharp axe , you will be able to chop down the required piece of wood, and also you will use it to carve the handle of the ladle. You will use the spoon knife to carve the bowl of the ladle and on the outside just use the regular knife. Make sure that you smoothen the bowl well with the spoon knife to avoid much sanding thereafter since it may be tiresome.

You can also use a drill, belt sander, and bandsaw to make your ladle, but for me, I always prefer hand tool projects.

Now that you are familiar with the tools used in making a wooden ladle, let’s look at how we make the ladle.

  • Materials
  • Process
  • Finishing Touches

 How to carve a ladle

1. Materials

Choose a piece of wood to work on

The ideal wood for carving a ladle.

What type of wood would you prefer to use while carving your ladle? For me, I normally use maple wood due to its straight grain, and hardness which makes it produce fine products that can withstand wear and tear in a busy kitchen. Apart from that, I prefer working with greenwood because it’s much easier to work on.

So if you are lucky to grab a piece of maple wood, lying around your neighborhood please do so and remember to thank him later.

2. Process

Cut the piece you want to use

After choosing the type of wood that you prefer in your project, carefully cut off what you want to use before you dry and store the rest. Also, remember to avoid twigs in your piece as it does not bring out the best results.

Using your pencil draw a straight line to cut across the wood surface

Time to use your axe

Using a sharp axe, carefully split between the end of the line that you just drew to obtain two halves, when you are done take a wood piece that looks best in your sight and work from the middle of the piece going downwards to level the piece. Remember to work with a small, light axe to prevent your hands from getting fatigued.

Sketch the shape of your ladle

On that wood surface, sketch the shape of your ladle, marking the unique features you desire in it.

Cut out the outline of the ladle

Using a hand saw or hacksaw, cut out the outline of the spoon. 

Begin hewing the bowl

Start by taking out wood from the base of the bowl and working towards the stem section. Keep removing more wood to get closer to the outer walls of your ladle. Use a spoon knife to carve the inner part of the scoop and a regular knife to shape the outside part.

When carving, leave the neck of the ladle thick for it to withstand kitchen activities, also remember to carve across the fibers to avoid creating splinters that can ruin the piece.  

Carve the long handle

It’s pretty easy to work on the handle of the ladle than to work on the scoop part. Flip your piece of wood and work from the middle going downwards removing unwanted wood. Remember to work in slow-motion to avoid bodily harm.

When you are done, smoothen the surfaces of your ladle using your cutting tools to avoid a lot of sanding afterward.

3. Finishing Touches

Dry your carving

After you are done with the carving process, put your ladle in a polythene bag and take it out in the open air to dry. Turn it inside out every day until it is dry to get better results.

Treat and use

Although you can use an untreated ladle, it is always a good idea to treat your wooden kitchen utensils for them to age beautifully and last long enough to be inherited by your daughters.

I like treating my wooden utensils using food-grade mineral oil due to the following reasons.

  •  it is food safe
  •  and easily cures leaving a naturally glossy surface  
  • that does not go rancid.   

Grab a glass of juice and snacks

Working on that project was not easy, was it? Now that you endured the pain to the end and came out with a beautiful piece of art, why not grab a glass of juice and some snacks to celebrate your success. When you are done don’t forget to make two or more ladles for your kitchen, you need them.

Carve in peace!


Carving spoons and ladles has become a popular craft in recent years, with people all over the world crafting their own spoons and ladles from old forks and other pieces of cutlery. But, there’s one thing most people don’t know about how to carve the perfect spoon or ladle: you can use different carving tools depending on what your goal is.

The reason for all of these steps is that your carved spoon or ladle is going to have better-looking lines and will be easier for you to handle if it’s well balanced. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll end up with a well-carved serving spoon or ladle that people will think looks like it was made by a professional artisan. In fact, they might want one just like it so they can try making their own wood carvings!