Category Archives: spoons

Spoonfest and Täljfest, Summer 2019

In between other projects, I was able to spend some time roughing some spoons from a bunch of crooks I’ve gathered this winter.  I already mentioned that I’ll be doing some of that at the Plymouth CRAFT’s big Spoon Day … Continue reading

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Icy River Walk

I like walking along the river near my house, really more of a creek.  The ebb and flow of the water and the seasons always brings something new to see. As the water level receded last weekend, ice ornaments sparkled … Continue reading

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Norman Stevens

I received word last night that Norman Stevens died yesterday after a short bout with pneumonia.  Norman’s love and support for carved spoons began decades ago and continued right on through the current surge of interest in spoon carving. Norman … 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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Dan Dustin and the Spoon Auction

Today, I was exploring the rich variety of spoons up for bid in the online auction to benefit the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship Fund.  Many more spoons had been posted over the last couple weeks.  The auction … Continue reading

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Roughing Spoons from Straight Blanks

Spoons are cranky.  Take a close look at just about any spoon, whatever the material, and you’ll find that the rim of the bowl of the spoon is not in the same plane as the handle.  The angle between them … 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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Learning at FWW Live

It’s classic advice to surround yourself with interesting, inspiring, uplifting people.  Sometimes you can create that environment, and sometimes you just get lucky and find yourself in such a situation like I did last weekend.  I had been invited to … Continue reading

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Putting the Wood in the Driver’s Seat

One of the things I enjoy most about greenwood carving is the challenge of making the most out of the wood that becomes available.  The individual characteristics of the log or branch drive the design, while I navigate among the … Continue reading

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Look What Arrived From Brittany

Yesterday, a package arrived from Jane Mickelborough.  After having the pleasure of getting to know Jane at Greenwood Fest 2017, I requested a porte-cuillères, a traditional Breton spoon rack that is meant to hang over the table.  It incorporates a … Continue reading

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