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.
Spoon carving class schedule is available for 2018! Classes fill fast so register early! These classes are all hands-on using simple hand tools. In this 1-day workshop you will come away with confidence in creating wooden utensils for friends and family. Future dates will be added throughout the year.
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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.
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So, the big project is over, but a few miscellaneous pieces of wood remain. While sometimes it may seem to make sense to toss them, there are actually a lot of scrap wood projects out there.
All of the materials required for this project are rudimentary and you likely already own if you are working with wood, such as a handsaw and screws. The woodworker in the video uses tree branches, but similar projects are also possible with general scrapwood as well. Whatever way you choose, don’t forget that safety comes first with saws!
Jewelry or Towel Hanger
The beauty of making a towel hanger is really all you need to do is decide how much weight it will need to hold - wet towels or tiny necklaces - and choose the hook durability from there. The link even includes a cute, but optional, shelf.
A blanket ladder is significantly simpler than a typical ladder as the weight you have to take into account is much, much less. At most, each rung should not be holding more than a few pounds. This project could also serve as a towel or drying rack.
Although a snowflake like this can look rather daunting, it's actually fairly simple. The only "fancy" tool required is a miter saw. Everything else should be easy to come by.
While the tutorial is rather crafty, the degree to which you follow it is a personal decision. You can forgo the print and opt for a simple rustic wood look.
Coasters are perhaps the simplest project on this entire list. All required is measuring squares and cutting to size. Any extra decoration is optional. There are more complicated coaster designs involving many wood pieces glued together, however, that is not really for a novice woodworker.
This is a good project for someone who has a large piece or several mid-size pieces of scrap wood so they can trim them down to the proper dimensions. The interior sections can also be skipped for a simple wooden storage box.
This nifty bottle opener was created using some leftover fence plank and a few pieces of hardware. Wood glue will suffice to hold the weight of the wooden pieces because minimal weight should need to be supported. You can find the zinc bottle opener on Amazon for a great deal.
All the tools required for building this mirror are simple and the project is quite easy. This project would require a fairly large piece of scrap wood, so, you can easily adjust the size for a smaller mirror (maybe 1'x1' or so?) that could perhaps sit on a table or hang in an entryway.
Mason Jar Holders
Mason jars can be purchased at most craft stores for around a dollar, depending on the size you hope for. While the project linked only uses a single jar, it could be used for multiple holders.
These are just few examples of what you can do with all of that scrap wood. Next time you finish a bigger project, don’t throw away the scraps – instead, build something cool!
Looking for my wooden utensils on your visit to Maine? Or how about finding that special keepsake made by local Artists?
I'm glad to announce that Gifts At 136 will now be carrying my handcrafted woodenware.
Gifts At 136 is nestled in a small community in Damariscotta, Maine. This boutique features art from local Artists, and lots of uniquely handmade Maine gifts. This boutique style shop has a great mix of gifts made of wood, glass, and other mediums. This store is a wonderful place for Artists and Artisans to showcase their work! With a visit to this store, you'll gain appreciation for the local Artists and Artisans who live in Maine and create such wonderful works of art.
I look forward to sharing my wooden kitchen utensils here!
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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: email@example.com
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.
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.
These spoons are made from Swiss Pear and accented with Wenge wood in front and back of the handle. Although Swiss Pear is very expensive and hard wood to obtain, it's well worth the effort. The smooth transitions from neck to the wide handle gives this kitchen spoon depth and feel, and coupled together with a front edge allowing for complete controllability while cooking. It's sure to be a favorite at my show this year!