Jarrod’s new video

My late friend Victor Chinnery once quoted a phrase he read somewhere – “think much, say little, write nothing.” This, 20 years after his book Oak Furniture: the British Tradition. I’ve been thinking of that quote this week.

sycamore

Several years ago, I was a guest on Roy Underhill’s show The Woodwright’s Shop, and for a topic I chose spoon carving. The 24 or 26 minute episode shows me & Roy making spoons, with methods that I was using at the time. I don’t carve spoons in the same sequence now…but that was how I happened to be doing it at that time. http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/watch-on-line/featured-guests/peter-follansbee/

In spring of 2014, I went to Lie-Nielsen to shoot another in a series of videos with them, and we carved spoons. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/book-dvds/

spoon video

That video shows a different sequence from what I did with Roy…and right after shooting that work, I left for a short class in Minnesota with Robin Wood. I got a ride up Highway 61 with Jarrod Stone Dahl, Robin and JoJo Wood. One evening JoJo showed me how she hews the spoon blank from a straight-grained blank, and once again, my techniques adapted. The gist of it is that we all keep learning as we go. Hopefully it never stops.

Now you can see one of my favorite spoon carvers, Jarrod Stone Dahl, show you step-by-step his methods in carving spoons with an axe, knife & hook knife.

 Jarrod’s new video from Popular Woodworking is available now for download or you can order the DVD. I bought mine last night. I’m sure I’ll add some stuff to my spoon carving repertoire. http://www.shopwoodworking.com/the-art-of-spoon-carving-dvd

If you’d like to come carve spoons, (or boxes, etc) my teaching schedule for the first half of 2016 is here: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2016-teaching-schedule/

 

In Search of Simplicity

Bill Coperthwaite
Bill Coperthwaite

From time to time readers of the blog have seen/heard me go on about Bill Coperthwaite. Bill’s impact on a whole world of craftsmen/women is pretty far-reaching. I met him near the end of his life, but a group of people are working to keep his legacy going. To learn something about this endeavor, read the website In Search of Simplicity http://www.insearchofsimplicity.net/

One of Bill’s traditions the group has kept alive is his calendar. If you buy this year’s, that means you don’t need to buy one in 2044.

http://www.insearchofsimplicity.net/dickinsons-reach-calendar.html

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2016 teaching schedule

I have been slow to post my schedule for 2016, and now I see that it’s almost upon us. So here are some dates for classes and presentations that I have nailed down thus far. this list is through July, then there will be more later. I have classes at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Lie-Nielsen and Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s School. Also a couple of weekend classes are on the books with Plymouth CRAFT. Links will take you to the details, if there are any.  

FEBRUARY 13 & 14, 2016.  At Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, I’ll start off with a furniture-carving class,

http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/woodworking-classes.html#Speciality_Weekend_Classes

“Carving in the 17th century style with Peter Follansbee”

This class runs through several exercises, learning about layout, tool selection and use. Over the course of 2 days, we’ll carve a wide range of 17th-century style patterns in oak. Some of the text from Bob Van Dyke’s website:

practice carving
practice carving

“In this two-day course, students will learn the steps and processes used to recreate carving patterns from seventeenth- century furniture of England and New England. Starting with a single gouge and mallet, we will focus on technique and posture. Also considered are proportions, spacing and the relationship between background and foreground in establishing the pattern/design. Each successive practice pattern builds upon the previous example, adding more tools and concepts. We will incorporate hand-pressure, mallet work, and the use of the V-tool in outlining designs. A compass, awl and marking gauge are used to layout the geometric basis for each pattern, but freehand work is included in each as well.”

 

FEBRUARY 20/21 – Plymouth CRAFT has had quite a first year! And we’ll just keep rolling into year 2. I’ll start with – what else? Spoon carving! We just confirmed the booking, so not on the website yet – http://plymouthcraft.org/?post_type=tribe_events – but it’s 2 full days of hewing, knife work and spoon design. At Overbrook House, Bourne Massachusetts. Legendary lunch included.

FEBRUARY 26/27, 2016 – https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/74

I’ll spend the weekend presenting some green woodworking (spoons, bowls & what else?) at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Goosebay Sawmill, Chichester, NH. I did this show last winter, what a great venue. All those Lie-Nielsen tools, and a sawmill with timbers galore.

aeriel view 2

APRIL 1-3, 2016, back at CVSWW. a 3-day class in making (and carving) a frame & panel. Think of this as a crash course in joiner’s work, using oak, mortise & tenon, and frame & panel construction. Come help freak Bob Van Dyke out with the carvings – 

Follansbee frame and panel UPSIDE DOWN

“Build- and Carve- this Frame & Panel with Peter Follansbee”

In this three day class with joiner & carver Peter Follansbee, students will explore the fundamental aspects of 17th-century joiner’s work. This frame-and-panel project has all the elements of a larger joined chest, but in a scale that fits the time frame. We’ll use oak we rive and plane for the framing parts; and quartersawn stock for the wider panels. Drawbored mortise and tenon joinery and carved decoration will be the a major focal point. A true crash course in joiner’s work. Now, where’d I put that axe?”

[much later in the year, September – Bob & I are planning to repeat out “one-weekend-per-month for X months” joined chest class. The full project, log to chest. Homework, travel, a museum field trip to study originals, this is the whole show. We did it last year with about 9 people whose scars have mostly healed. Dates to be announced as soon as we figure it out. I’d like it to be 5 weekends, but we’ll see. No drawer this time, so fewer pieces to rive & plane.]

APRIL 20-22, 2016, BOWL CARVING – the Woodwright’s School, Pittsboro, NC.  –http://www.woodwrightschool.com/classes/bowl-carving-with-peter-follansbee

Bowl-Carve

Here’s Roy’s text:

“Your instructor, Peter Follansbee, (free range at last!) gnaws woodworking down to the marrow! Celebrate the liberation of our foremost man of organic woodworking with three days of Scandinavian, “upside-down” bowl carving. Starting with a walk in the woods you’ll learn shaping and carving technique from bole to bowl!”

[there is a spoon-carving class before it, but I guess it’s filled. there’s other spoon classes – (Plymouth CRAFT & Lie-Nielsen) or get on the waiting list.]

APRIL 30/MAY 1, 2016 : Plymouth CRAFT again, this time ash basketry.

We did this class this fall, and I was astounded at the students. They whomped on some ash logs and everyone wove a couple of baskets. The baskets are perfect to keep your spoon-carving tools in.

MAY  7/8, 2016 . https://www.lie-nielsen.com/workshop/USA/126  

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May means Maine – up at Lie-Nielsen we’ll be carving spoons.  I’ll be watching birds in the earliest hours, but class doesn’t start til 9. I think I spent 5 weeks in Maine this year, can you tell I like it at Lie-Nielsen?

 

JUN 10-12, 2016  GREENWOOD FEST – http://plymouthcraft.org/?tribe_events=greenwood-fest-2016 well, this one’s sold out – but there’s a waiting list. A 2 1/2 day lovefest with green woodworking in the pinewoods of Plymouth MA. I’ll be presenting my oak furniture game, but there will be heaps of stuff to do. 8 out of 9 of the instructors carve spoons furiously…

JUNE 18/19 – Another trip down to Maine – for a carved box class at Lie-Nielsen https://www.lie-nielsen.com/workshop/USA/129

here come old flat top

JUL, 2016  – the Lie-Nielsen Open House. I missed it in 2015. Not again! I forget the dates, an early weekend in July.

 

Last 4 spoons I have available for the season

last batch

UPDATE – thanks to all (really all, throughout the year) who picked out a spoon, or other woodsie bits. I have 2 spoons left from earlier, then added the last two in maple. Just so folks know, I have baskets and furniture as usual; but there’re on other pages.  https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/baskets-furniture/

For delivery before Dec 24th, Paypal is the way to go. Then I can pack things & get to the post office in time. If I can get these into priority mail by Friday afternoon, Saturday morning – they should get where they’re going the 24th. I can’t guarantee the postal service, so if you want faster delivery, we can adjust the pricing.

Those not in a hurry, if you prefer, you can mail a check. If you’d like something, leave a comment & let me know which ones…

thanks as always,

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364
Peter.Follansbee@verizon.net

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Dec spoon 15, SOLD

part of the “maple crook” series. Another lefty. I love the way this one took its shape from the tree.

L: 9″ W: 2″
$80

Dec spoon 15 top

dec spoon 15 side

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Dec spoon 16. SOLD

Maple crook again, this one’s a general/righty spoon. Small black knot in bowl is tight. Over time, it will become less glaring, as the spoon gets its patina.

L:  10 3/4″   W:  2 1/2″
$80

dec spoon 16 top

dec spoon 16 side

Dec spoon 04; birch. A nice crook shape, a large bowl serving spoon.

L: 8 3/4″   W:  3″
$80

dec spoon 04

dec spoon 04 side

Dec spoon 06,   SOLD

rhododendron.

L: 7 1/4″   W:  1 1/4″
$60

dec spoon 06

dec spoon 06 side

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Also forgot to remind folks that I have a few copies of the spoon-carving DVD I made with Lie-Nielsen.

Carving Wooden Spoons DVD  Or, make your own spoons – I have 8 copies of the  video available, price is $38, which includes postage in the US.  127 minutes.

spoon video

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And Maureen tells me she has some knitted & felted goods still, a couple of which are on sale…  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

SALE Hand knit shawl hand dyed merino, variegated spring colors and deep lavender,evening wrap, lace shawl, autumn, winter

We’re ready to go to the post office…

 

small batch of spoons for sale, Dec 17th

 

last batch

Last batch of spoons for the season. Only six available right now. I will have a couple of additions later today; waiting to hear from someone who ordered a pair. I made 2 pairs, so should have 2 more spoons later. Just so folks know, I have baskets and furniture as usual; but there’re on other pages.  https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/baskets-furniture/

For delivery before Dec 24th, Paypal is the way to go. Then I can pack things & get to the post office in time. If I can get these into priority mail by Friday afternoon, Saturday morning – they should get where they’re going the 24th. I can’t guarantee the postal service, so if you want faster delivery, we can adjust the pricing.

Those not in a hurry, if you prefer, you can mail a check. If you’d like something, leave a comment & let me know which ones…

thanks as always,

Peter Follansbee

3 Landing Rd

Kingston MA 02364
Peter.Follansbee@verizon.net

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Dec spoon 04; birch. A nice crook shape, a large bowl serving spoon.

L: 8 3/4″   W:  3″
$80

dec spoon 04

dec spoon 04 side

Dec spoon 06, rhododendron.

L: 7 1/4″   W:  1 1/4″
$60

dec spoon 06

dec spoon 06 side

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UPDATE: The spoons below here are sold. I will add two more later this afternoon – 

Also forgot to remind folks that I have a few copies of the spoon-carving DVD I made with Lie-Nielsen.

Carving Wooden Spoons DVD  Or, make your own spoons – I have 8 copies of the  video available, price is $38, which includes postage in the US.  127 minutes.

spoon video

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And Maureen tells me she has some knitted & felted goods still, a couple of which are on sale…  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

SALE Hand knit shawl hand dyed merino, variegated spring colors and deep lavender,evening wrap, lace shawl, autumn, winter

We’re ready to go to the post office…

 

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Dec spoon 17.       SOLD

To me, the absolute highlight of this batch. I feel like JoJo Wood, not wanting to let this one go. Cherry crook. Just the way I like them, asymmetrical, but still very functional.

L:  7 1/2″  W: 1 3/4″
$75

dec spoon 17

dec spoon 17 side

dec spoon 17 other side

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Dec spoon 18, SOLD

a nice runner-up in the “best of” category. Also a cherry crook.

L: 10″  W:  2″
$75
dec spoon 18

dec spoon 18 side

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Dec spoon 19.     SOLD
One of a series of nice maple crooks I got recently. Great figured wood inside the bowl, due to the shape of the branch it came from. Maple takes the detail quite nicely.

L: 9″   W: 2″
$70

dec spoon 19

dec spoon 19 side

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Dec spoon 20.  SOLD

A LARGE apple crook, with a very shallow bowl. Serving/stirring – it’s a big spoon. When I got it out to photograph, I see that I have a tiny bit more chip-carving to do. I’ll do it after posting these!

L: 12 1/4″   W:  3″
$100

dec spoon 20

dec spoon 20 flat

dec spoon 20 bowl

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I hate the “natural beauty of wood”

 

old & new

I try to not be seduced by the “Natural Beauty of Wood” thing. When I focus on that, it always goes wrong. I was talking to some spoon carving students about it last week. The way it works against me is that I lose track of the shape I’m after when I’m concentrating on grain patterns, figure in the wood, or color.

heartwood pear

Color is the most distracting in the spoon carving. Using small saplings, there is often a heartwood/sapwood distinction that can disrupt my attention. Many times I would strive to keep traces of the heartwood where it accented the spoon, but the result would be usually too thick, or too long, in one direction or another. I learned to let go of the urge to employ the contrast in the heartwood & sapwood. (on occasion, it works like the pear spoon in the photo above. Usually it doesn’t.)

It’s all fugitive anyway. When the spoon gets used, it changes color and develops a patina that renders it nothing like it was when new. I find it helpful to picture the spoon ten years later, at which time the only thing that remains from the day I carved it is the shape. So I always try to concentrate first & foremost on the shape. The patina is a new beauty to it; you let that sneak up on you.

Here’s a cherry spoon that had very strong contrast when it was new in 2001:

old heartwood mix
back of a cherry spoon bowl, fifteen years after the fact

Here’s a detail of the two spoons on top – I even like the burn marks, if they don’t get all the way to charcoal!

old & new details

 

When I sell spoons, that means I am pleased with the result, It doesn’t mean I think the spoon is perfect – each one, whether I sell it or keep it, reminds me of what I wanted it to be. As soon as I pick up a spoon I haven’t seen in awhile, I am changing things in my mind. I’d cut a little more here, leave something there – that to me is one of the attractions of spoon carving. You can carve another one the minute you’re “done” with this one. Start right in again. Not really feasible with large case furniture – for me anyway. I can always sneak another spoon into the kitchen.

I’m packing & shipping some spoons today, maybe these new ones will take on a life of their own like the old ones here. Still a few on the post from the other night – https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/12/08/december-spoons-etc-for-sale/

spoons

 

December spoons etc for sale

UPDATED DECEMBER 11TH. I MOVED THE AVAILABLE SPOONS (AND ONE BOWL) TO THE TOP OF THE LIST. THAT WAY IT’S EASIER TO SEE WHAT’S STILL HERE FOR SALE. AS NOTED BELOW, BASKETS ARE ON A SEPARATE PAGE; AS OF COURSE ARE MAUREEN’S KNITTING & FELTING. I HAVE ANOTHER BATCH OF SPOONS I PLAN ON POSTING BY WEDNESDAY DEC 16TH. 

I forgot to add a couple of notes to this post. First off, Maureen wanted me to remind people that she’s added some stuff to her knitted & felted goods on Etsy. here’s the link, and on the sidebar of the blog is a photo of some knitted wallets that link to her site as well. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

And I added a separate page about my ash baskets – easier to keep them apart from the spoons maybe. I think the pages aren’t taking comments lately, so email me if you’d like to get one of the baskets. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/baskets-furniture/   The email is peter.follansbee@verizon.net

Greenwood Fest is filling up, so if you’re thinking about attending just a heads-up that it’s going to sell out. soon. http://plymouthcraft.org/?page_id=2272

NOW – back to the spoons. I try to keep this updated, so I’ve marked a few as sold. There will be one more batch before December gets too crazy. And beyond too.

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Some spoons for sale. Leave a comment letting me know which spoon you’d like, and payment preference. Paypal is easiest, or you can send a check.  If we go the paypal route, I will send an invoice and we can take it from there. Prices include priority shipping in the US, typically around $7.

Carving Wooden Spoons DVD  Or, make your own spoons – I have 8 copies of the  video available, price is $38, which includes postage in the US.  127 minutes.

spoon video

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Dec spoon 04; birch. A nice crook shape, a large bowl serving spoon.

L: 8 3/4″   W:  3″
$80

dec 04 top
December spoon 04

dec 04 side

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Dec spoon 05, SOLD

rhododendron. This wood is a favorite; grows in very expressive crooks.

L:  7 3/4″  W: 1 1/2″
$60

dec 05 top

dec 05 side

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Dec spoon 06, also rhododendron. same story as #05.

L: 7 1/4″   W:  1 1/4″
$60

dec 06 top
December spoon 06

dec 06 side

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Dec spoon 08, SOLD

mulberry.

L: 9″   W:  2 3/4″

$75

dec 08
December spoon 08

dec 08 bowl

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Dec spoon 12; apple. SOLD

A large serving/cooking spoon.

L:  12″  W:  3″
$90

dec 12
December spoon 12

dec 12 bowl

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Dec hewn bowl, tulip poplar.  – SOLD

I made this bowl during a film shoot for next year’s DVD on the subject.

chip carved rim.

L: 16 3/4″  W:  8 1/2″  H:  (at handles) 4″
$400

hewn bowl skew

hewn bowl

hewn bowl end

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EVERYTHING BELOW HERE IS ALREADY SOLD. MORE SOON. 

Dec spoon 01; SOLD

birch. small server.

L: 9″ W; 2″

$55.

dec 01
December spoon 01

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Dec spoon 02;  SOLD

birch serving spoon. Soaked in flax oil, nearly translucent.

L: 11″ W:  3″

$80

dec 02 top
December spoon 02

dec 02 detail

dec 02 side

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Dec spoon 03; SOLD

mulberry. I cut down a small sapling here at home, and it had many nice crook’d shapes in it. Hard, yellow/green colored wood.

L:  8 1/2″  W: 2″

$60

 

dec 03 top
December spoon 03

dec 03 bowl

dec 03 carving

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Dec spoon 07, SOLD

more birch. more translucence.

L: 8″  W:  2″

$55

dec 07 top
December spoon 07

dec 07 carving

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December spoon 09  SOLD

Rhododendron. Another in the series. I love this wood.

L: 8 1/4″   W:  1 1/2″
$60

dec 09 top
December spoon 09

dec 09 bowl————————

Dec spoon 10;   SOLD

a cooking/serving spoon from pear. Beautiful wood.

L: 11″   W:  3″

$90

dec 10
December spoon 10

dec 10 bowl

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Dec spoon 11; SOLD

another in pear. This time with a perfectly arranged (accidentally) heartwood accent.

L: 6 1/2″   W:  2″
$65

dec 11
December spoon 11

dec 11 back

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Dec spoon 13; SOLD

cherry. A nicely shaped eating spoon, small serving spoon.

L: 7″   W:  2″

$60

dec 13
December spoon 13

dec 13 side

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Dec spoon 14, –  SOLD

a weirdly shaped apple spoon. It winds & bends this way & that. I lean towards strange shapes sometimes.

L: 11 1/4″   W:  2 1/8″
$75

dec14 top
December spoon 14
dec 13 side b
December 14 side

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