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.
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
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/ )
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.