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.
Jason Weymouth is the owner of Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine. He specializes in handmade heirloom quality wooden spoons, spatulas, and custom made kitchen utensils.