I recently had to take a drive to Mexico….Yeah, Mexico, Maine. Yes, there is such a place. The reason for my 2-hour drive was to purchase a few board feet of wood from another local supplier so that I could finish up a few orders and restock my shop. I was surprised to see over 1-milion board feet of rough lumber of all types and sizes. Yes, well over a million board feet of wood…I was in heaven. I took several hours looking at the stacks, and getting my bearings, so that I could make the most of my time. This photo was taken from the upper mezzanine. The palletized stacks were 4 high in the warehouse. I came across some rare and exotic woods, and had to purchase a few prime cuts for my utensils and future projects. This 1-of-7 warehouses has every type of wood you could imagine from Ebony, to Bubinga, to the more exotic had to find woods. There isn't a wood that he don't carry! The owner was more then happy letting me pull and pick what I needed. It was a good day, I walked away with a Jeep full of wood for my kitchen utensils and other woodworking projects.
I was recently working on a few projects in my shop that had to do with building my show stock up and suppling a few local stores for their summer inventories. This picture was taken at my workbench after I had finished a few double measuring spoons. I was checking the bowl depth and angle. To calibrate these types of measuring spoons I use salt measures to the right quantity. This step takes a little practice because there is always a little more sanding to do. Taking away too much wood will result in a fine piece of kindling for the fire. You can always take wood away, but it's really hard putting it back.
Updated news from the Studio:
I'll be involved in opening a new Artisains Co-op in Freeport, Maine this May. My work will be there along with many other fine Artists and Artisains from Maine will be sold there. The Grand Opening will be announced soon.