Greenwood Fest instructors: Barn Carder

Part of my job in Greenwood Fest is lining up the instructors. In one sense, it’s easy – I write or call some friends and offer them a paying job. It another sense, this round 2 is hard, because I have to leave some people out so we can have some new people in. And which new people? There ain’t enough room for all of us…

We’re very pleased to include Barn Carder this time.

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Here’s the page for Greenwood Fest; http://www.greenwoodfest.org/

Like many of us from the US, I first heard of Barn through Robin Wood’s blog. And last summer I was lucky enough to go over to Derbyshire for Spoonfest, the largest international gathering of spoon carvers. Robin and Barn co-founded Spoonfest. There, I got to meet & spend a good amount of time with Barn. You’re going to love getting to know him. We ask each participant to send us a short blurb about themselves, and everyone who has ever had to write those knows how awful they are. Here’s Barn’s:

“No one in Britain knows more about crafting a spoon from green wood than Barn The Spoon” – The Guardian

Barn really does love spoons, he has been fully immersed in the Wood Culture Renaissance for a while now and there doesn’t seem to be any letting up. Recognised for his unique depth of knowledge, and artisanal approach to production carving. He adapts simple, traditional designs to sell to a modern market. From living in the woods and peddling spoons on foot, to a high street shop in London and setting up The Green Wood Guild he keeps himself busy with fresh wood fibres and sharp tools.

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That’s all well & good – but another element that is missing in that description is humor.  Barn has a great approach to his teaching. He’s really consumed with spoon carving, and has a great willingness to share that passion. His manner and methods are infectious. This will be Barn’s first time teaching in the US, he’ll teach a session before the festival, and be there throughout as well. He has a lot of web presence, so you can find stuff about him, and the Greenwood Guild that he is involved with easily. He’s got an Instagram feed – https://www.instagram.com/barnthespoon/

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But for me, the video clip that best presents Barn is the one he & Robin Wood did for Hole & Corner:

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Paula Marcoux has been working like the madwoman that she is, getting the website ready for Plymouth CRAFT’s Greenwood Fest 2017. Last year, we dribbled out announcements about the instructors one-by-one. This year, she’s got it almost all ready to go in one fell swoop. http://www.greenwoodfest.org/

I will write posts about them as we go – for example, Roy Underhill. Do I really need to write about Roy?

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For now you can look over the website for the festival, and the SEVEN courses beforehand. Lots of great instructors; a huge pile of wood, this time plenty of coffee, and more fun than you can stand. Registration January 4th.

see you there?

Last spoons for sale Dec 2016 – SOLD OUT.

UPDATE – 

There were only a few spoons available, and they sold out quickly. Thanks to all who support my efforts here, for those who missed out on this batch, there will be more. I’ll try for some soon, but certainly after the New Year. 

thanks again, everyone. 
PF

 

a few last spoons for sale…paypal is simplest. Pick out a spoon, leave a comment & I’ll send an invoice. Prices include shipping in US. Elsewhere will require an additional charge. Finish is flax oil. It’s been fun delving into spoon carving again – building the shop left me little time. That is now changing and I plan on having them for sale regularly again in 2017. Thanks as always for the support.

Dec spoon 1 –  SOLD

birch. A little-big spoon. From a short, but nice crook in a birch limb.

L: 7″ W:  2 3/8″
$60

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Dec Spoon 2.    SOLD

Also birch, a great crook that a friend gave me a couple of weeks ago.

L: 9 1/4″  W: 2 1/4″

$75

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Dec spoon 3 – SOLD  

birch again. Slightly longer serving spoon/cooking spoon.

L: 9 1/2″  W: 2 1/2″

$70

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Dec spoon 4. SOLD

Cherry, streaky heartwood & sapwood.

L: 10 1/4″  W: 2 1/2″

$75

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Dec spoon 5    SOLD

A longer birch serving/cooking spoon.

L: 12 1/4″   W: 2 3/4″

$80

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Dec spoon 6;   SOLD

cherry. A nice accident; I roughed this spoon out & then lost track of it. Its color deepened over that time to a nice nut-brown.

L:  11 1/2″  W:  3″

$85

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Dec spoon 7. – SOLD

Cherry again. A huge crook. Some ripples in the grain of the handle. A big spoon.

L:  13 3/4″  W: 3 1/4″

$120

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Dec spoon 8 – SOLD.

Birch. My best spoon of 2016. It really made itself, the crook was so good. I had little to do…

L:  15 1/4″  W:  3″

$120

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Jögge Sundqvist at TEDxUmea

One of the highlight’s of last year’s Greenwood Fest put on by Plymouth CRAFT was the presentation by Jogge Sundqvist called Rhythm & Slojd…
for a long time, a short version was available on the web. then it was gone. Now it’s back. but for the real thing, get on Plymouth CRAFT’s newsletter mailing list, so you find out about Greenwood Fest 2017 – http://www.plymouthcraft.org/contact

Spoons for sale, Nov 2016

I read somewhere that I haven’t been doing much woodworking lately! And I kept thinking about this all season, as I worked on building a shop by hand. Certainly, 2016 has been a slow year for me, furniture-wise and woodenware-wise. And the spoons are really something that fell by the wayside. Turns out carpentry makes me more tired than joinery. So I only have a few spoons for sale right now. I did update a page of a few furniture items I have available for sale – including 2 boxes and a stool at reduced prices. A couple of these are stuff that there’s no room for in the new workshop; two things are from around the house. https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/furniture-for-sale-fall-2016/

I’m slowly getting back to making custom furniture, in my typical carved oak style. Feel free to contact me if you’re looking for something like that. I also hope to add one-on-one student sessions here. More on that to come.

Here’s the spoons for sale – paypal works the easiest, I can send you an invoice. Just leave a comment if there’s a spoon you want. Prices include shipping in US, outside the states, I’ll add something for shipping. If you would rather, you can send a check. Just let me know…

I forgot to mention, Maureen has some new stuff on her etsy site too – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaureensFiberArts

thanks,
Peter Follansbee

 

Spoons for Sale

Spoon 01 –  SOLD

serving spoon, made from an English wood, maybe Rowan.

L: 9 1/2″

$75.

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Spoon 09 – apple – SOLD

another in a long series of odd-ball spoon-ish sculptures. This was made during a demonstration, and I didn’t have enough wood with me. This branch was quite weird, and I had to really work at it to get a spoon out of it!

L: 12″

$70

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THE SPOONS BELOW HERE ARE SOLD AS OF WEDNESDAY NOV 30. I HOPE TO FINISH SOME MORE IN THE NEXT WEEK AND POST THEM RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

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Spoon 02 – birch serving spoon. SOLD

L: 11″

$80

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Spoon 03 – SOLD

This small server might be rowan also. I started several spoons while I was in England, finished them here. Lost track of which wood was which.

L: 9 3/4″

$70

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Spoon 05 – SOLD

this extra long cooking spoon is from an apple tree right here in my yard.

L: 15″

$90

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Spoon 06 – willow – SOLD

my favorite spoon of the batch. Fred Livesay split a crook of willow right when we got to Spoonfest in England, and it was too thick for what he wanted. So he split it again, and handed me this small section to carve. Thanks, Fred.

L: 8″

$75

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Spoon 07 – SOLD

rowan or cherry

Another hard wood serving spoon.

L: 9 3/4″

$75

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Spoon 08 – apple – SOLD

A nice little crook for a spoon.

L: 8″

$70

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more inspiration from the Season of Fests

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Recently I wrote about inspiration in the form of a slew of new books. There was more inspiration stemming from the Season of the Fest – Greenwood Fest, Spoonfest, Täljfest and beyond. Here’s a few items I gathered; some gifts, most purchased, from some of the people I worked alongside.

Many of the spoons came from Spoonfest. First (for no reason other than I photographed it first) is a large serving spoon by Jan Harm ter Brugge. http://www.houtvanbomen.com/HoutvanBomen/houtvanbomen-_English_summary.html

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Jan harm ter Brugge

A nice beech plate from Owen Thomas, nice person, nice plate. https://www.instagram.com/owenthomaswoodcraft/

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Owen Thomas

Eating spoons – one from Simon Hill. Part of the “internet came alive” phenomenon for me, was seeing Simon’s work. https://simonhillgreenwoodwork.wordpress.com/gallery/

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Simon Hill
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Simon Hill

Another eater. Magnus Sundelin made it. Forgot he sold it to me, & panicked, thinking it was lost when he went to show it to his students! https://www.instagram.com/sloydmagnus/

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Magnus Sundelin
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Magnus Sundelin

Another British wonder – Adam Hawker. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005448825480  great stuff.

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Adam Hawker

2 by Beth Moen, https://www.instagram.com/bethsusana/ bookended my Season of Fests w Beth at Greenwood Fest in June & Täljfest in August.

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Beth Moen
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Beth Moen

A wooden spoon finished with urushi lacquer by Madoka, Masashi Kutsuwa’s wife. Wow. Here’s Masashi’s page, I can’t find anything by Madoka… https://www.instagram.com/masashi_kutsuwa/ and https://www.facebook.com/masashi.kutsuwa

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Madoka
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Madoka

Dave Fisher’s duck bowl. You’ve seen his work by now, right? https://davidffisherblog.wordpress.com/

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Dave Fisher
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Dave Fisher

Jarrod Stone Dahl’s birch work. My 2nd one of his, this one is a birch sleeve, slipped off the log intact. That forms the inside, then it’s wrapped with a sheet of bark that is joined together with the decorative interlocking tabs. https://www.instagram.com/jarrodstonedahl/

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Jarrod Stone Dahl
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Jarrod Stone Dahl

A small eating spoon by Derek Sanderson – in cherry. Derek can stop himself.. https://www.instagram.com/dcsandersoninc/

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Derek Sanderson

While looking a few things up for this post, I found this video from Taljfest, by Niklas Karlsson – here’s his Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/_ahardslojdlife/

Thanks for posting it Niklas, I got to see stuff I missed!

the rest of my teaching schedule for 2016

An update about classes remaining for 2016, and slightly beyond.

spoons & bowl

First up is spoon-carving at Lie-Nielsen, on Sept 24 & 25 https://www.lie-nielsen.com/workshop/USA/126

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I have lots of new tricks I learned at Spoonfest and Täljfest, so come to Maine & we’ll explore all kinds of ideas. I also have some new spoons by outstanding makers to study, as well as a couple old ones.

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October begins with the opening of the full-tilt chest class at Bob Van Dyke’s Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/class-schedule/29-speciality-weekend-classes/534-build-a-17th-century-joined-chest-with-peter-follansbee.html    We did this last year, one-weekend-a-month, for five months. One by one, students from last year have finished their chests, here’s one from Dwight Beebe:

This class is the best way to learn all the steps in making a joined chest with drawer.

This year, we’ll include a trip down to the Yale University Furniture Study, to examine the chest we’ll base ours on. Riving, hewing, planing, joinery, carving – the whole thing. One weekend at a time. First class is coming up, Oct 1 & 2.

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Later in October, we’ll do the riving class with Plymouth CRAFT – right now we don’t have it listed yet, but a weekend in October, I think the 15/16 . (I’ll post it here, and Plymouth CRAFT will send out its email as well, if you’re not on their list, you want to be, even if it’s just for Greenwood Fest next year! http://www.plymouthcraft.org/  )

UPDATE: Here is hurdlemaking: http://www.plymouthcraft.org/?tribe_events=riving-now-two-days
We are excited to be returning to the wonderful venue we used for Dave Fisher’s bowl carving class in July. That massive marsh should be gorgeous in the autumn light.

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In this class, we split apart an oak log, learning how to “read” the log for best results. Then using a froe, we further break the stock down, and make garden hurdles. So, riving, hewing, shaving at a shaving horse, mortising – a busy weekend full of old techniques still applicable today.

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THEN – Paula Marcoux reminded me about the spoon carving at Plymouth CRAFT on Dec 10 & 11,  at Overbrook house in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts.

stay tuned to Plymouth CRAFT for details… http://www.plymouthcraft.org/

UPDATE: And here is spoon carving: http://www.plymouthcraft.org/?tribe_events=spoon-carving-with-peter-follansbee
For this one we’ll be back at our beloved winter home, Overbrook House. Always cozy; always fun.