Winter is perhaps really over here – it better be, I put my hat & scarves away.
The day started out in the woods, looking for birds. Daniel & I saw many, he counted 18 species; but we only got a few shots of them.
Back home we ended up with spoon carving lesson # something-0r-other. I have to teach a bunch of students at Lie-Nielsen next month, so started practicing with Daniel. His knife work is excellent, given his strength. (the May class is full, so we added one as soon as we could – which means October! here’s the link
Working one-on-one meant I got some carving in too.
Meanwhile Rose did the 19th-century-Swedish-immigrant-in-the-garden routine. All around a busy day here.
When one of the household is a knitter and the other is a basket-maker, that means knitting baskets. I don’t get to make baskets much anymore, but have several that have lingered for quite a while. I finished this one the other day. It’s a form I have only done once before; a double-swing-handle design. Basket is ash, handles, rims, and feet are hickory. Lashing is hickory bark.
Then Daniel went in the house & started a self-portrait carving his spoon. Sometimes these pictures never get done, like my baskets. So I am posting it now in case it’s an orphan drawing.
Now onto another subject. If you’re inclined to help support some young people doing what they love, remember Eleanor Underhill? Maybe you know her father? In addition to illustrating Roy’s most recent Woodwright book, she did some drawings for mine & Alexander’s Joint Stool book – but her main gig is music – and she’s part of a trio making “heartfelt country soul” – they’re using Kickstarter to fund their next album. I’m in.