Mount the Blank
Now it is time to chuck the blank in the lathe. I use a mini stub center, but any small center will do. Once turning at a good clip, the resulting ghost looks like a tulip. The turning can be entirely accomplished with a roughing gouge; however, care must be taken that the tool does not ride back up the curved part of the blade as you approach the handle stem. The beginner will find it easier to use a spindle gouge in this area.
Good design makes the blade taper toward the tip. The shaft should be smaller in diameter than good judgment would dictate at the point where it meets the blade and thicken gradually to the end. I do like to make the shaft more or less straight at the end where you grab it.
Once turned and sanded to the desired finish, it is time to band saw the curve that forms a distinctive blade. At first, I penciled a line I wanted to saw to, but I quickly dropped this step, as it is child’s play to do it by eye. More important is to use a good size backer block to hold the blade square to the table. This keeps fingers away from the saw blade, making the operation safer, and gets the fork blade to a uniform thickness throughout.
The final step is sanding, which I do with a 6″ by 48″ belt sander. I remove the top guard to sand the curved side of the blade and take a little bit off the leading edge, if there’s any trace of the original center mark. This is a great production project and the holiday season looms!