Join me for a very exciting 1-day spoon carving workshop. This class will cover lots of traditional hand tool techniques and discuss design concepts. This is a hands-on "green-wood" class workshop where you will cut and shape from freshly cut birch, or maple, to form an everyday cooking or eating spoon. The workshops do fill up fast so register early! These classes are all hands-on using traditional hand tools. You will come away with confidence in creating wooden utensils for friends and family.
For more detail on what you will practice and learn visit: Spoon Carving Workshop
In an effort to keep my new spoon creations consistent from one to the next, I'll be employing a new design that is my signature style. This style comes from the early Arts & Crafts era and is reminiscent of a simpler time in the furniture movement of the 1970's. You may notice this style has several unique features. Rounded over ends and back along with curved angles and curved handle. Notice the prominent contrasting wood plug that brings to mind fine joinery and the hiding of screw heads. Although this plug doesn't hide anything and is purely cosmetic without any functionality, but it does serve as a reminder of this technique used by so many woodworkers.
I use the country style server style to expand into a new realm. A spoon that has softer curved handle, contrasting wood...because I love this look, and same serving capacity as the country style server. What a joy to create and experiment. I hope you enjoy this creation as much as I have creating it for you and your kitchen cook! Bon Appétit !!
As I review the functionality of my utensils, I frequently find designs to improve upon what I already created. The "Fantastic Flipper" is one of those designs that I often wanted to visit again and change up a little. In an effort to improve my design and "brand" I've decided to make the inlay accent a part of my overall feature of my collection. I will be re-creating a few designs to be lefty or righty utensils while at the same time adding a much needed and requested contrasting inlay to the design. I'll be starting with the circle inlay plug with contrasting wood in left or right handed, then I'll be moving onto more intricate inlay...maybe waves in contrasting wood, or maybe something unexpected. Stay tuned. There's more to come from the studio in the months to come.
2018 will be a growth year for Carved Wooden Spoons. The year will be full of opportunity and change. The few changes will include a category changes to include "FURNITURE"...oh yeah...."WOODEN GIFTS" category expansion...and a new "Limited Edition" category. The Limited Edition will include short production runs of less then 30 utensils and/or other gift items, and will include numbered sequence with my unique artisans mark identifier. Last year I produced 8 new designs and I was very focused on custom commission work for both retail customers and benefactors.
I'm glad to announce that Fort Orange General Store of Albany, New York will now carry a beautiful collection of Carved Wooden Spoons!! You'll find custom made kitchenware items from spoons to spatulas made for any kitchen and any occasion. Visit Fort Orange General Store for an exceptional high-end handcrafted gifts.
Fort Orange General Store is located in Albany's historic downtown near the intersection of Broadway and state street across from the beautiful SUNY Administration building. Check there website for open times and their current calendar of events. This is a nice boutique filled with wonderful gift items and full of artistic inspiration. I look forward to displaying my woodenware at Fort Orange General Store.
Their website is: http://www.fortorangegeneralstore.com
The largest wooden spoon in maine
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.
Spoons For Soup Kitchens is a fundraising campaign to help those looking for food and other essentials in Mid-Coast Maine area. The program is meant to help people who can't meet their basic needs with either food or other general assistants. 100% of your donation goes directly to Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program. In return for your donation, a handmade spoon made by one of the leading spoon makers in New England, will be mailed to each donor as a thank you for supporting this campaign.* Your direct financial support will helps those in most need.
WHAT IS "SPOONS FOR SOUP KITCHENS"?
"Spoons For Soup Kitchens" is a fundraising campaign founded by Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine. The campaign started in 2015 to help those looking to find basic food assistants and other essential needs. Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine has generously donated time, resources, and other costs to make this campaign a success. Jason says, "It's critical that we as a community offer a helping hand to our brothers and sisters who, for what ever reason, find themselves trapped in poverty." Carved Wooden Spoons covers the cost of materials required to make the spoon, the time required to make the spoon, and the cost of the shipping the spoon! This years spoon is made from Maine Maple and hand engraved with "Spoons For Soup Kitchens 2016". Last year Spoons For Soup Kitchens had a successful year but still more is needed.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
1. Click the Donation Link above to make a donation.
2. After you donate, you will receive an email confirmation from MCHPP.
3. Email the donation confirmation letter along with your address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your donation confirmation letter has been emailed to me, you will receive your 2016 Spoons For Soup Kitchens handmade spoon like the one pictured in about 3 to 5 days.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I DONATE?
The campaign suggested donation amount is: $25.00, however, prayerfully consider what you are able do give and remember no amount is too small. With your help we can make a difference.
WHAT IS YOUR FUNDRAISING GOAL?
My personal goal is to raise $500 by December 31, 2016.
CAN I DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM?
Yes, this is how the program works! You donate directly to MCHPP!
*Limited quantity. Only one spoon per household.
The launch of my new eGift Card program here on Carved Wooden Spoons has made it even easier for customers to buy those coveted kitchen cookers! There is no fee or expiration date on these eGift Cards and the best thing is that they are instant and personalized! If your not sure what to give, then try gifting an eGift Card HERE. There's no guess work involved and the eGift Card is the perfect gift for any occasion. So, send someone special on an instant shopping trip with a Carved Wooden Spoons eGift Card today!
I've been very busy over the past few months with fulfilling new orders and establishing new relationships to move forward into 2017. I must say time has flown by and I'm excited for things to come. With that in mind, I've been asked to re-create my bow sander design and offer it for sale on my site. So I put some time aside to make a few and hope you will consider adding this fine tool to your toolbox soon. The bow sander has proven to be a very handy tool in my shop, I use it to sand complex bowl curves and challenging shapes. The bow sander is a difficult tool to find and even a more challenging tool to make. The handles have to be just the right size and the bow has to be just the right thickness-a lot of thought has gone into my design. The making of the bow sander takes time and is worth every penny should you purchase one from me. Yes, it's a design that has been used my many professional woodworkers, but my design differs in many ways. The design is slender in form and exceptional in function. If you haven't used a bow sander then it's time to try! You won't regret the softness of touch and the ability to sand even the most complex curve. Furniture makers have been using this style of bow sanding for years to smooth out curves.