September spoons for sale

 

 

 

I’ll be updating my workshop-teaching schedule soon with some Plymouth CRAFT classes and looking toward next year (we’ve started planning Greenwood Fest already!) In the meantime, I have a few spoons (and one bowl) for sale this time – if you’d like one, just leave a comment and we can take it from there; paypal or check is fine either way. Woods this time are birch, cherry & walnut. All carved with hatchet, knife and hook knife. Finished with food-grade flax oil. Prices include shipping in US. Elsewhere additional charge for shipping. Click the images to enlarge. Thanks for you interest, if you have questions just leave a comment or send an email.

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Sept spoon 01; black birch.  – SOLD

L: 10 1/2″  W: 2 3/4″
$85

 

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Sept spoon 02; black birch,

L: 10 1/2″   W:  2 5/8″
$85

 

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Sept spoon 03; black birch

L:  10 3/4″  W:  2 1/2″
$85

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Sept spoon 04, – SOLD

L: 12″   W: 2 7/8″
$95

 

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Sept spoon 05 – SOLD

L:  11 1/2″   W: 2 3/4″
$85

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Aug spoon 01 –  SOLD

this one was my favorite from last time. Didn’t get picked. Might be the price tag…but this is as good a spoon as I can make. cherry, crook. This spoon blank left me with a very long, narrow bowl. Overall a long spoon. Great crook shape, I couldn’t resist.

L: 13 7/8″   W:  2 1/8″
$125

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Sept spoon 06 – SOLD

Walnut. I’ve been riving up some walnut for joined stools, and got some bits here & there to try for spoons. Radially split.

L:  10 1/2″  W:  2 3/4″
$85

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Sept spoon 07, walnut (see above)  – SOLD

L: 10 1/2″  W: 2 7/8″
$85

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Sept spoon 08; walnut – SOLD

L: 10 1/2″  W: 3″
$85

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large cherry crook – SOLD

The last of these over-sized cherry crooks.

L: 13″  W:  4″
$150

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The cherry bird bowl. I have more of these underway, but won’t get to them for months now – I have a lot of furniture work ahead of me. The bird bowls come from great curved crooks.

L: 15″  H: (at front) 7 1/4″
$500

 

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Barn the Spoon

I’m working on getting Barn the Spoon to come back to Plymouth CRAFT’s Greenwood Fest next June. He’s supposed to be checking his schedule & getting back to me…but he’s probably busy turning the world onto spoon carving. I met Barn last summer when I finally made it over to Spoonfest (the inspiration for our Greenwood Fest) which he & Robin Wood started 6 or 7 years ago. Right away, I knew I like Barn. He’s infectious in a good way. Attending one of these festivals is just an incredible experience. Not everyone can make it of course. Barn has you covered. I just saw an announcement about the American version of his English book Spon.  Here’s the blurb about the English version. I can’t imagine how different the American version can be – https://barnthespoon.com/courses-books-gifts/spon-learn-to-carve-spoons-with-barn-the-spoon

But it gets better. Barn and his colleagues at the Greenwood Guild run many courses both in London and Bristol, http://thegreenwoodguild.com/ – “but I’m a long way from there, what do I do?” you ask…

Video. You sign up for Barn’s spoon carving online membership. £7 per month, let’s see – equals $9.51 today. http://thegreenwoodguild.com/protected-content-2/?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fthegreenwoodguild.com%2Fonlinemembership-2%2F

Here is a sample video, mostly about an introduction to the knife.

 

 

The ever-expanding video library right now has these categories:

The Basics, Tools & Kit, Knife Grips, Axe Work, How to Carve a Spoon, Tool Sharpening, The 16 spoons, Q&A –

I just checked a couple headings – there’s 8 videos under The Basics; under Knife Grips 9 individual videos. 10 under How to Carve a Spoon. You get the idea, lots of information and more all the time.

Some are 4-5 minutes, some in the 20-25 minute range and several are close to an hour long. If you want an immersion experience with spoon carving, and stay at home – this is it. Watch for his Plymouth CRAFT hat…

 

UPDATE – I had asked Barn for the names of some of the Greenwood Guild folks – I knew some just by first names. Barn sent this note:

“The guild is an membership based organisation, some members are teachers too, people like myself, Nic Westermann and Jarrod teach a variety of masterclasses in ultra traditional woodwork from axe forging to bowl turning and traditional joinery. The main guys are Tom Hepworth who is in charge of filming and video editing as well as our members nights in Central London. Tim Sanderson who teaches our 3 legged stool and joinery classes as well as taking all the flack as he is the youngest. Other members such as Nicky Gibson are involved in graphic design like the posters and Sophie has been running the shop and learning the ropes.”

AND – he’ll be in Plymouth Massachusetts next June. Whew.

 

 

Bowls and spoons for sale, Aug 23 2017

 

Some items finished up lately. The first two in a series of bird bowls. I had some very large crooks recently, made some large spoons then dedicated some of these oversized crooks to bowls. And, a small run of straight-grained serving/cooking spoons.

I got some questions about the bowls, what does the blank look like? – here is a roughed-out bowl superimposed on top of its other half of the crook – had to cradle the crook in a notched block so it would stand for its photo. Gives some idea of where you can find these in a tree. They can be trouble to split. This one was 5″ in diameter, and 24″ tip to tip. Cherry.

 

and here is that roughed-out bowl grabbed between two wooden bench dogs – this is how I get at it to do the gouge work. If I keep getting crooks like this, I’m going to make a larger more robust set of these dogs. Note the notches in the inside faces.

If you would like to order a spoon or bowl, just leave a comment here about which one you’d like. Then I can send a paypal invoice,  or you can mail a check the old fashioned way. Either one is fine with me. Prices include shipping in the US – further afield and I’ll figure an additional shipping charge. Thanks as always for the support.

All these items are finished with food-grade flax oil.

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cherry bird bowl –

L: 15″  H: (at front) 7 1/4″
$500

 

Birch bowl – SOLD
L: 10 3/4″ H: (at front) 7 1/4″

SPOONS –

Aug spoon 1 – cherry, crook. This spoon blank left me with a very long, narrow bowl. Overall a long spoon. Great crook shape, I couldn’t resist.

L: 13 7/8″   W:  2 1/8″
$125 includes shipping in US

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Large cherry crook #3   – SOLD

L: 13″  W: 3 1/2″
$150 includes shipping in US

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Large cherry crook #2

L: 13″  W:  4″
$150 includes shipping in US.

 

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Now, a series of straight-grained spoons for cooking or serving.

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Aug spoon #1; birch   SOLD

L: 11″  W: 2 5/8″
$85

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Aug spoon #2; birch  SOLD

L: 10 1/2″  W: 2 1/2″
$85

 

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Aug spoon #3; birch

L: 10 1/2″  W: 2 5/8″
$85

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Aug spoon #4; birch  SOLD

L: 9 1/2″  W: 2 1/2″
$85

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Aug spoon #5; birch   – SOLD

L: 8 1/2″  W:  2 3/4″
$75

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Aug spoon #6; walnut   – SOLD

L:  10 1/2″ W: 2 3/4″
$85

After an interlude, it’s back to business as usual

Today, birds and birds. This first one in American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) – is going to get painted on the outside, then carved through the paint.

This tiny one, split out with the guidance of Dave Fisher, is birch – I forget which one. No paint, just carved today. Some spoons getting finished up in preparation for this weekend’s Lie-Nielsen workshop – full this time. More spoon carving classes to be announced through Plymouth CRAFT soon.

Then, some photos plucked off the card. Down river:


 

Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus ) I assume juvenile male turning to adult. The female doesn’t usually show the red, I believe.

yellow warbler. (Setophaga petechia) they are quieter now than in the spring, so I just happened to notice this one skulking around.

Spoon inspiration, spoon carving resources

For the past week or more, I have been watching various posts about the goings-on in Edale, Derbyshire – the 6th annual Spoonfest. https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/spoonfest/ I was lucky enough to attend last year, and it was a real highlight being there. Spoonfest, put on by Robin Wood and Barn the Spoon and their cadre of interns, volunteers and friends – is the inspiration and model for Greenwood Fest that I help with at Plymouth CRAFT.

so I’ve been thinking a lot about (& carving some) spoons lately. When I teach classes in it, I like to bring along spoons I’ve collected from friends and other carvers for inspiration. I didn’t get too many this year at Greenwood Fest – couldn’t keep up with the shoppers. But a week or so ago, I was at my desk when the email came in about JoJo Wood’s shop update. I didn’t bother scrolling through all the spoons – they could be sold by the time I did that. I found one I liked & ordered it. Got it! The little dipper carved in the handle…

Here’s JoJo’s –

And one I got this spring from Jögge Sundqvist. 

Students always ask about where do you get this or that tool, and other references, resources etc for spoon carving. I have compiled a list, nowhere near comprehensive – of links and more that I can recommend. There are other sources out there, but I can’t keep up with them. I’ve given up trying. Formerly, I had posts about tool sources that included Country Workshops – Drew Langsner has now retired, and their tool-selling action is mostly going to be taken up through the Maine Coast Craft School…see below.

Videos –

The Spoon, the Bowl & the Knife, Wille Sundqvist film. DVD.

http://pinewoodforge.com/product/the-spoon-the-bowl-the-knife-dvd/

Carving Wooden Spoons with Peter Follansbee, Lie-Nielsen DVD.

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/home-education-videos/carving-wooden-spoons-with-peter-follansbee?node=4243   

Jarrod Dahl, The Art of Spoon Carving, Popular Woodworking DVD

http://www.shopwoodworking.com/the-art-of-spoon-carving-dvd

Jögge Sundqvist, Carving Swedish Woodenware, Taunton Press DVD, 1988

https://www.amazon.com/Carving-Swedish-Woodenware-Jogge-Sundqvist/dp/1600853153

 

Books –

Wille Sundqvist, Swedish Carving Techniques, Taunton Press.

https://www.amazon.com/Swedish-Carving-Techniques-Fine-Woodworking/dp/1627106731/ref=pd_sbs_74_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KX9XA3Y105QW3PF1F510

Barn Carder, aka Barn the Spoon, Spon – a Guide to Spoon Carving and the New Wood Culture.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spon-Guide-Spoon-Carving-Culture-x/dp/0753545977

Coming 2017, Jögge Sundqvist, Slojd in Wood – Lost Art Press

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2016/12/28/sloyd-in-wood-by-jogge-sundqvist/

Tools

Del & Mary Stubbs, knives, etc. http://pinewoodforge.com/

Hans Karlsson & Svante Djarv tools: axes, knives, etc – through Maine Coast Craft School – http://www.mainecoastcraft.com/store.html

UK seller for HK tools – http://woodsmithexperience.co.uk/shop/category/hans-karlsson-tools/

Same for Svante Djarv – http://woodsmithexperience.co.uk/shop/category/svante-djarv/

Robin Wood’s spoon carving tools – http://wood-tools.co.uk/

Hans Karlsson website – http://www.klensmide.se/

Nic Westermann, blacksmith; knives, hatchets etc.  – http://nicwestermann.co.uk

Jason Lonon -toolmaker  http://www.jasonlonon.com/toolmaking.html

Reid Schwartz toolmaker http://www.reidschwartz.net/shop/

  

Spoons for sale, July 27

 

I’ve been working on oak furniture lately, but here’s a few spoons I have either finished, or just re-photographed. Back in May I finally  took a plunge with my spoon-decoration. Being inspired by a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts’ Greek pottery galleries; I decided to use my furniture-carving ideas on a small scale – the spoon handles. Not too small a scale, some of these spoons are the largest I have made in ages.

The minute I struck the gouges on the first one – I knew I was headed in a new direction spoon-wise. Funny after all these years to branch out a bit…

Almost all are cherry crooks. There’s a few crooks left out there, waiting for me to get at ’em…

If you’d like to order a spoon, leave a comment and we can use paypal for payment and shipping arrangements. Prices include shipping in US – further afield, there will be additional charges.

thanks for your support. Back to oak now….

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July spoon #1, SOLD

large cherry crook

L:  15 3/8″   W:  3 3/4″
$165 includes shipping in US.

 

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July spoon 02, large cherry crook

L: 13″  W:  4″
$165 includes shipping in US.

 

 

 

 

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July spoon, large cherry crook #3

L: 13″  W: 3 1/2″

$150 includes shipping in US

 

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July spoon #04 – SOLD

L: 9 3/4″  W: 3″

$135 includes shipping in US

 

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July spoon 05  SOLD

L:  11 1/2″  W:  3″
$135 includes shipping in US

 

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July spoon 06, SOLD

birch; one of my typically weird-shaped spoons. I often find these sweeping, curving crooks and insist there’s a spoon in them. There is, but…it’s an unusual spoon.

L:  11 1/4″  W:  3″

$120 includes shipping in US

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July spoon 07;  SOLD

cherry crook from sapwood. Back to a smaller scale.

L:  7 1/2″  W: 1 3/4″
$70 includes shipping in US

 

 

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July spoon 08;   SOLD

cherry; radially-split cooking spoon.
L:  10 1/4″  W:  3″
$85 includes shipping in US

 

 

Carving today before I carve this weekend

I am working on another desk box; an oak box with a slanted lid. Mainly I need this for the photos, for an article in the works. The annoying part is that the photos I needed to shoot were the slots/dadoes/what-have-yous on the inside faces of the box’s end boards. But…I don’t like to do the carving after cutting voids into the board. So first, I had to carve them.

This time, I made up the design, drawing from my research (and others’) into the varied carvings coming out of Devon, England. The same style appeared in Ipswich, Massachusetts during the last 3rd of the 17th century. I carve this stuff more than any other grouping, mostly because of its variety. Once you learn the “vocabulary” it’s easy to make up designs willy-nilly.

The desk box ends are weird shapes though. Took a little sketching with some chalk, and some wiping away with a damp cloth – but I got something I like. So then the front board is simple enough – a plain ol’ rectangle. There are three boxes from Devon that seem to be the same carver, or the same general pattern anyway. One of these I photographed back when I worked at Plimoth Plantation, the other two are from a website I subscribe to, Marhamchurch Antiques – http://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/ Paul Fitzsimmons there is a magnet for this Devon/Exeter oak furniture.

I’m going to carve the box front at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Sunday July 9. from noon to 3pm. I’ll be demonstrating the carving, and some joinery and other oak-y stuff.  http://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/early-american-furniture-carving

 

Here are a few details from the Devon boxes that were the inspiration for my sketch – (the first two from Marhamchurch Antiques, thanks Paul, the 3rd is my photo).

This one had a later escutcheon on it, covering up the pattern. I took it off, so we could see the shape. At that time, I had never seen the previous two.

 

But before I go to Boston to work  on Sunday, I’m off to Maine for the Open House at Lie-Nielsen Friday & Saturday. https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/146

These events are legendary; the lineup this summer is killer. I try to do this show every July…it’s like old home week, seeing all my friends from the hand-tool circus. I guess I was there last summer – found my picture on their Facebook page –

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This time I’ll mostly be carving oak for a bedstead I’m working on. But I have a talk on Saturday about green woodworking, so I’ll do some spoon carving too. See you there I hope.