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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LN Hand Tool Event, Greenwood Fest and general update

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Lots going on around here. Tomorrow I will be at Phil Lowe’s Furniture Institute of Massachusetts for the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event.

I’ll be working on spoons; but I’ll have some hewn bowls and other stuff with me. I have some classes scheduled with LN for next year, and I’ll be posting my teaching schedule here soon. The event at Phil’s runs two days, but I’ll only be there Friday. Have to teach this weekend for my last class of the year, at Plymouth CRAFT. Speaking of which…

 

raking light

The Greenwood Fest 2016 pages on Plymouth CRAFT’s website – there’s one on instructors (still lacking two profiles) and this one that answers some questions about the format and venue. http://plymouthcraft.org/?page_id=2268  And one for the registration which  opens tomorrow at 9AM eastern time. http://plymouthcraft.org/?page_id=2272 There’s a few tabs at the top of the page for Greenwood Fest.

The Greenwood Fest takes up a lot of time in planning, but there’s other stuff going on too. Next week, I’ll have some spoons and things for sale here, probably the last of the year. I’m slow. I have some oak furniture to get back to (wainscot chairs and a chest) and I have also started planning work for my biggest project yet. Can’t wait to have something to show you…

Thanksgiving 2015

sitting

Thanksgiving here in the US, a national holiday. It’s a long & complicated story, and I don’t get to wrapped up in it. I hate football, turkey and I don’t drink. So it doesn’t really effect me much. I worked for 20 years at Plimoth Plantation, where they get a lot of attention this time of year, it being where the roots of the American holiday are. I left that full-time job a year & 1/2 ago, ditching a regular paycheck, benefits, vacations & some holidays, etc. to strike out on my own. Some of the many things for which I am thankful include students in my classes, customers of my spoons & other woodwork and the readers of this blog – you all make it possible for me to eek out a living doing things I love to do. There’s no telling how long it will last, but I appreciate everyone’s support in my work.

flight

Our friend Peter Lamb has an Instagram site, https://www.instagram.com/gerrishisland/ and today he posted about his friend Bill Coperthwaite, who died two years ago today. Peter’s post included this quote from Bill’s book A Handmade Life:

“When we have more than we need while others are in want, we certainly thieve. But in addition, we enslave ourselves. As we learn to live with fewer and simpler things, and are able to live with fewer expenses, we become less vulnerable to social upheaval. We have greater freedom – visual, mental and spatial – and far greater freedom of movement. And we spend less time maintaining and stumbling over things – physically, mentally, and visually – and worrying about loss.”

Food for thought.

Red tail hawk from a walk in Marshfield today.

last view

flight 2

Spoons & more for sale, November 2015

What’s missing on the blog lately? Birds for sure. Just haven’t had much time to find them lately. The bay has been filling up with winter ducks, and these brant geese.

brant

Also shot this photo – made me think of the song “Twa Corbies”

twa corbies

The other missing thing is spoons. I thought I’d carve a lot this summer, but didn’t get to it. Too much travel, etc. But I finally got around to finishing a few, along with the first of the baskets and more. So if you’d like to have a look – here’s the page, or the top of the blog will get you there too.

https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/spoons-baskets-furniture-for-sale-november-2015/ 

Paypal is easiest for me, but you can pay with a check too if you’d rather. Just let me know. Details on the page..