You have to start somewhere
This does not look like an auspicious beginning but I'm getting used to the equipment whittling down to the simplest useful thing I can think of, a butter spreader.
The piece of wood is about an inch shorter than I'd like but I'm just working through process making my mistakes on something I don't so much care about and doesn't cost much.
I did get a great set of sharpening stones for $35. Four stones with a box you can see above. I had a leather strop so I was able to sharpen my knife to a razor blade. It is a very good Case knife so it sharpened well and holds its edge.
I'll get this down to something resembling a spreader then sand it and oil it and see if I can make it useful.
Once I've done that and then likely again just to try different things I'll move onto something I really want which is a flat combination small spatula/spoon. But I need a 13" piece of wood for that. We'll see how it works out. More to follow.
It was nice just listening to a podcast and slowly removing curls of wood.