On the panel is a collection of spoons I've been accumulating the last couple of weeks, most in Black Birch. I've been building up a collection to bring to a couple of stores, and after reviewing the terms on Etsy again, I'm considering selling some there as well. This was my first time using Black Birch for anything but walking sticks as a kid, and it's interesting to work. It's harder than the Paper Birch I'm also using, and the grain is a little more distinct. Most of these spoons are made from vertical grain wood, split radially from a small log. A couple are made from bent or straight branches. I found one branch that worked nicely so that I ended up with some curly grain in the bowl. Overall I'm pleased with where the spoons are going. They're getting closer to the spoons I've been trying to create from the start. A new hook or two would help me get the inside of the bowl right, I still only have the small radius Mora hook. I'm talking to a blacksmith friend of mine about a couple of ideas.
Here's a picture of me with the panel, to get a feel for the size of it. It's about 18x18", not including the untrimmed ends. I'm thinking this would make a nice little tabletop. Some finish will help the grain really show up, and I'll probably let it sit in the sun to darken the Cherry up a bit.