re: arrival time -- heh, guess I'll let you get your beauty sleep.
re: friend's shop & welding -- ah, had forgotten you'd mentioned that. Good good. (A few carefully-placed spot welds will be FAR better than trying to use Gorilla Glue metal-to-metal.)
re: C-clamps -- even better would be a bunch of those small spring clamps
, including for the bowl of the spoon. We won't need clamps that go all the way into the center of the spoon bowl; clips around the perimeter will be perfectly fine, perhaps in tandem with some weighting in the center. Trust me, it'll work. For the metal-to-wood bond, I still want to use epoxy; we won't need too much of it, though.
I will need to do some cutting and shaping of the veneer strips with a utility knife, to get the flat pieces to conform to the concave & convex surfaces. Does anybody have a French curve
for freehanding the pencil lines?
re: orbital palm sanders -- yep, already in your garage, in one of those square white kitty-litter buckets I brought, along with discs of assorted grits. There's the round one with built-in dust collection, and also an older palm sander which takes regular square sheets of sandpaper; holds 'em in place with wire clips.