I'm glad to announce that Ocean & D of South Portland, Maine will be carrying a handful of my handcrafted woodenware items! You'll find a nice selection of custom made kitchenware items from spoons to spatulas made for any kitchen and any occasion. Emma likes handmade and has selected a beautiful custom set for her gallery. Maine made wood never looked so good!
Ocean and D is located in the Knightville neighborhood of South Portland, at 87 Ocean Street. Emma Says, "There's a studio space in the back where I'll be doing some textile printing and sewing, and a retail shop in the front for my own items along with a selection of other people's work. I love ceramics, stationary, bold colorful prints, photography, and sweet little gifts. I've also got two lovely white walls for a rotating gallery show." This is a nice gallery filled with wonderful gift items and full of artistic inspiration. I look forward to displaying my woodenware at Ocean & D!
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This is my vision above all else: to pursue the boundaries of wood, and find within the true creative process, a freedom that captivates the mind, body, and soul.
I've often said that it was my goal to carve wood into exquisite treasures, but this means nothing if I can't discover what it means to be truly alive and well.
I started out my hobby of spoon making with very little knowledge about woodworking. My background wasn't in carpantry or woodworking, so, I had a rough start. Later this new found hobby of mine would turn out to be a full-time career. For the most part, I've been self-taught. I picked up a few videos of spoon makers and developed a few skills and techniques as I tried new techniques and ideas learned from other spoon makers. As time went on, I developed a system that works for me and has proven to be effective in producing functional pieces that work well in the kitchen. Some days, I find it hard to believe that I can pull a piece of rough lumber from the stacks and turn it into a kitchen utensil. Not vary many people could do that. Sometimes my pieces are magical, sometimes they are dysfunctional, and yet they always turn out to be useful works of art. I like to say art because this is what I would like to call my work. Even though my work is functional the design and thought process has always been a balance of art, skill, and personal style. I revisit the templates I've created over the years, and adjust them according to my customers feedback. This year, I'll be looking into making measuring cups and ingredient bowls. These will complement my tablespoon measuring set and still hold true to my classic ideas. Only time will tell if they turn out to be a success.