Woodcarver, Beekeeper, Musician, Photographer, Organic Gardener, and lover of all things handmade! I love anything and everything made locally. When I can, I buy directly from the people who make their products or grow their produce. Carved Wooden Spoons is a new adventure brought about by a few good friends in my life who said I should sell my spoons online.
I'm a one man operations, so, I have to make the most out of my time. I work on spoons in stages and never just one spoon at a time. I may have one spoon with a carved design waiting to be polished and another spoon waiting to have the bowl carved out. My studio time is always new and different from day-to-day. Some of the woodcarving techniques I’ve learned come from master spoon carvers from across the nation and around the world, while others I've developed on my own. I have my own style and techniques. I like to balance the "modern" techniques with the more traditional hand carving techniques. I feel that with this balance, I can produce a very attractive and functional spoon.
I used organic walnut oil, flaxseed oil, and pure beeswax on all of my utensils. I polish in this blend to keep the spoons smooth and durable. This technique has been used in woodworking for centuries and keeps the spoons durable while maintaining a lasting shine.
A TYPICAL DAY
My day begins from where I left off and never where I expect to begin. As I walk out to my studio in the field, I hear the wind blow through the trees, the soft steps of my feet on the ground, and the smell of winter returning once again. The studio is only about 150 feet from my house. It was a garden shed intended for gardening but is now converted to my "carving studio" or as my wife says…"man-shed." This year (2013) is the first year my studio will be insulated and heated. What a great joy to have heat on those very cold mornings.
As I step into the studio, I turn on the lights and begin finding wood to work with from my drying racks. I prefer to carve in maple, cherry, and walnut. This time, my mind settles on a piece of walnut and I start to sketch out the spoon design. I pause and look out the window and watch the wind blow through the tall grass. My attention turns back to the wood and I think to myself that I might be able to get three spoons out of this one piece, but notice a knot on the right side of the wood and so only two spoons from this piece. With my mind focused, the world fades, and I begin to carve. My hands, heart, and soul begin to carve that time old classic kitchen tool known as the wooden spoon.
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