Category Archives: patterns

Noah’s Bowl

After his first few days home from college for Christmas break, my son told me he wanted to carve a bowl.  Being in the workshop with him was nice and reminded me of many moments in the workshop when the … Continue reading

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Feline Inspiration

You can learn a lot by watching cats.  They are studies in elegant movement and sinuous lines. Our cat, Mavis (named after a Thomas-the-Train engine), is sixteen years old.  Quick sketches of him appear here and there through my sketchbooks.  … Continue reading

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The Nimble Fishtail

Having just finished carving “necklaces” on a couple bowls, I thought I’d explain a bit more about the tool I use for the carving of the large triangular recesses that make up the design.  In the FWW  article and video, … Continue reading

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On Eating Spoons and Such

I finished carving a few eating spoons and bowls recently.  There are many factors to consider when making objects such as these that will be held and used daily.  First among these is wood choice.  Relatively dense hardwoods with tight … Continue reading

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Shrink Pots, Paint and Lettering

    If weep you must, then weep; but weep that tears must be, and be Gentle and grow as, weeping to the ground, the willow tree; And grace will come, lighting the eyes of heaven, after thee. — Catherine … Continue reading

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

“Please, do not touch.”  There are certain posted signs that disappoint me, but perhaps none more than that.  I can deal with “Stay off the Grass.”  In fact, I may have had no desire to walk on the grass, at … Continue reading

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Five Spoons

I’ve finished five big spoons from big crooks, three in black cherry, two in hard (sugar) maple.  I’ll post them here below.  They’re all straight from the knife and treated with flaxseed (linseed) oil.  I had fun experimenting with some … Continue reading

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