I just listed this crazy figured spoon on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/76189847/asymmetrical-oak-burl-serving-spoon . This spoon was a blast to carve but also it had some tense moments as well.
The shape was one that I had been drawing on paper and turning over in my mind for some time. I was waiting for the right piece of wood that could carry this form. Even though I knew that this special piece of wood was strong enough to complement this form I was intimidated by the rarity of the piece of wood itself. I have only ever found one oak burl large enough to make a spoon out of and I did not want to waste it and I did not want it to go underutilized.
My daughter Lydia shoots my photos. It is fun to work with her while we set up the shots. I have to adjust my thinking from being fully in the round to two dimensional. I have held this spoon in my mind for so long I can see it with my eyes closed. When we start shooting photos it can take a few shots to get the ones that can represent my minds image of a spoon that I know so well but most everyone else will only see two dimensionally.
I am pretty happy with the photos that we took and I look forward to making another spoon out of crazy red oak burl.