We are never using the coconut shell bowl yet. The wood glue I used is not fully dried. Exposure to heat and water might cause premature disassembly.
My younger sister saw two hand made bowls. She told me that mom and dad are still the same. It is one of their bahay kubo utensils. She praised my creations not because it’s elegant. She liked it cause it has sturdy base.
She reminded me that we used to have two types of coconut shell ladles. The first one is a ladle with no handle. We were using it for serving rice. The other was similar to a cup but with a long handle – for serving soups and juices.
Lets go making other things out of coconut shell! The regular spoon and rice serving spoon.
1) Find a suitable coconut shell for the purpose. Either find a newly husked coconut and cut it carefully with a hacksaw or find a recently emptied shell.
2) Draw the pattern on outside surface. Then trim the unnecessary areas with a hacksaw or a dremrel. Smoothen the sides with angle grinder. Be very cautious with the use of angle grinder. Use eye protector and appropriate clothing.
3) Scrape off remaining husks with a sharp knife. Remove the inner thin soft wood coating using the same knife. Smoothen both sides and edges with a fine sand paper.
4) Create handles of appropriate thickness and length. Fix to carved coconut shell with a strong wood glue. I used bamboo for my two projects. Let dry before use.
Here are my partially completed projects. The bigger is the rice serving spoon. I will replace the gi wire and electric tape with stainless steel strips.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.