Unfortunately, no interviews this month. I’ve been busy with my family and carving. As much as I’ve enjoyed doing the interviews, I’m preparing to wind down from them. It’s been fun and many thanks to those folks who took the time to send me their thoughts.
We spent some time at the farm in early August. As always, it felt good to get away from the city. The neighbors who rent the fields were baling straw and the smell of the straw bales was wonderful.
I gave my wife an anniversary spoon – the third since I started carving. I loved this one, and so did she, so it felt good to give it to her. She’s been pretty supportive of my carving, and I love it when she spends time with me in the woodshop. Last October, she took a class at North House Folk School on willow basket making. It’s exciting to watch her explore this new craft. I think that craft is an important element in a relationship. Love is something that requires skillfullness, humility, and the fire to persist despite whatever life throws your way. Love ain’t easy, but it’s damn sure worth it.
So deep into carving, I didn’t realize it had become dark around me. Summer nights.
I had a bit of good fortune in early May, so I bought a Kalthoff axe as a treat to myself and I love it! It’s lighter than my Gransfors, and my sore elbow was screaming for a break. It’s pretty amazing for hewing, and can cut so thin that you’re only left with one side of a shaving.
My son and I have been doing a lot of stop motion animation, so I made a photo copy stand from a free pallet in about 30 minutes. I saved myself $150! Plus I think it will work well for spoon photos too.
Birch butter spreader.