loose ends

The days are flying by, and Greenwood Fest is coming up next. I have been poking away at a few things. The workshop project is moving ahead. We’ve been siding it, once Pret & I figured out window placement. I don’t have any shots of it lately; I’ll get some next time I work on it.

Here’s the bowl horse Pret made for Dave Fisher’s class – we saw this the other day. But on last Saturday, Pret & I got to try it out. Plymouth CRAFT was once again presenting their stuff at Pinefest – http://www.pinebarrensalliance.org/pinefesthome.asp 

bowl horse detail

Here’s Pret using the horse –

pret & bowl horse

and shortly after we started making slight adjustments. We’ll wait for Dave to show us what’s really what with this thing.

1st adjustment

While I was carving spoons at the event, a woman came to tell me about a “Rev war” spoon she had in her collection. She later brought it over and I asked if I could photograph it. It looks like this:


spoon back

spoon bowl

spoon profile

I was interested because I often wonder “what does an American wooden spoon look like?” –  so I asked what the provenance was, how she knew it was a Revolutionary War-era spoon. Well, she said, her husband’s father was a pattern-maker, and he lived to be 100 years old. So her husband grew up around this sort of thing.

I said nothing. A rare moment…

It’s Daniel’s baseball season again – here is an epic-looking swing, but I think it was a foul ball.

epic swing

I get a good bit of spoon carving in during the batting practice before the games…not only am I the only carver in the stands, I’m the only one I can see doing anything not involving a smartphone. Sad…

the only carver in the stands


game spoons
game spoons

And while working on the shop, every day the hawks get harassed & chased. It’s a hard life..

RT hawk 2

RT hawk

hawk & crow


8 thoughts on “loose ends

  1. I saw that spoon too. It made me feel something when I glanced over their table that immediately took my full attention. I had to hold it, I did t even ask… (Sorry). The spoon felt so right in my hand. The facets, the gentle curve, the patina of a more than two centuries. There is a little relief in the “neck” of the spoon, where the handle meets the bowl, that wasn’t much but it made the spoon.
    Thanks for taking some photos of it. I needed to get back to with the family before I could get any.

    Oh, and, in the short time I sat on the bowl horse while explaining to a few kiddos what it is, I was amazed at how comfortable it was to sit in, and how little effort it took to clamp a bowl. I can’t wait to work with it.

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  2. Peter….Peter…you’re missing the marketing spin of that fabulous epic swing. Should be on the cover of the Easton catalog…. Boy hits it out of the park….you could too with a bat from Easton….

    Great image….Daniel need to hang it large on his bedroom wall!!


  3. The horse looks great in action, Peter. I think Pret’s doing exactly what I might have done to the width of the top. Easy adjustments to make over time… a little more off here, and so on.

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