spoons soon

The other day, I wrote about woodworking at home without a shop… https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/woodworking-at-home-sans-workshop/

The most common woodworking I do in that vein is the carved spoons that I have featured here from time to time.

eating spoon


Back when I first started woodworking in the late 1970s one of the main books I used as reference and inspiration was Drew Langsner’s Country Woodcraft (Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA. 1978). In that book is a chapter featuring Wille Sundqvist, who taught spoon carving to Drew (and scads of others….) 

I carved a couple clunkers, and ultimately made my way down to Drew’s to learn chairmaking and many other green woodworking crafts. In 1988, I was the summer intern at Country Workshops, and that season featured a class taught by Wille’s son, Jogge Sundqvist.

I took the class from Jogge, and got to peer over his shoulder as he was filming the Taunton Press video companion to his father’s book Swedish Carving Techniques. The book is long out of print, but the video Carving Swedish Woodenware is available as a DVD now: http://countryworkshops.org/books.html

hollowing the spoon


I kept on carving spoons whenever I ran across some likely woods, and had the time. For the past 10-15 years, that’s been pretty steadily. Long-time readers of the blog will remember my excitement when I got to steal a week away from my family to go take a refresher course from Jogge – (here’s the post from Aug 2010 when I got back from that class https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/one-of-the-most-exciting-classes-ive-been-to/ )

basket of spoons

Well, now I’m finally over-run and have decided to throw my spoons in the retail ring. I am working now at photographing some for the blog, and will have them for sale in the next week or so…if you are one of the folks who’ve been asking, then this is your answer. Spoons soon.


chip carving & finials

7 thoughts on “spoons soon

  1. Cool! I know I still owe you a boat load of spoon photos: my oldest returns with the camera this weekend. – That way you’ll know they’re spoons, and not Bigfoot.
    Again, sign me up for a few “eating spoons”; the one from the frame shop days is still a favorite …



  2. Lilia made a spoon last week at camp! Not carved, the burn and scrape method. She is awfully proud & I’m impressed.

    • Jill – that’s great – she’s got a jump on me, my first spoon wasn’t until my 20s…New Hampshire is crawling with spoon wood. Good luck w the move. PF

      • Howdy Mr. Follensbee, my name is Chris and I’m from Southern Ma. And I work for the town tree Dpt. of where I live. i also do alot of tree work on ghe side. needless to say i dont have a shortage of wood to make smaller. I have been saving tons of spoon wood. Straits, crooks, and have a very large collection of burls some weighing in around 200lbs. I have been carving spoons for about 1-1/2 years now and can not get enough of it. Would love to meet you some time your in the area and if you’d allow , to pick your brain a bit. I’m fairly good with an axe but would love to get some pointers. And most of all learn some of the Swedish styles that you do. Thank you for all you do and if at all possible drop me a line some time.

        Sincerely, Chris

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