A willow tree fell by the creek during a storm, so I took advantage of the wood and carved a couple of baby spoons tonight and listening to the steady rainfall of a new storm.
Willow wood is so soft and fragile, but such is the way of craft, for whatever fails or frustrates today, builds a foundation for tomorrow.
What do you do with a magic knife? Make a magic wand, of course! I know a six-year-old wizard who will be very surprised in the morning. Knife by the very talented @lukejep21. He’s a great guy and a brilliant blacksmith, woodworker, and arborist.
I finished chopsticks for a friend’s birthday tomorrow. Simple things to carve can be good teachers of technique.
I’m finally reading Fewer, Better Things by Glenn Adamson. It’s a beautiful read that digs deep into the idea of craft. I also read The Legacy of Craftmanship by Eric Gorges. I enjoy their writing, but this recent quote by Doug Stowe really hits home on the value of craft.
I unexpectedly decided to paint the house. Stuff like that always feels so tangible when you’re facing a screen most of the week. However, now I’m weary to the bone, contemplating how to carve a baby spoon as the bourbon sweats on my carving stump.
I had the pleasure to meet and talk with local spoon carver Charles Littlebird at the Tiny Diner farmers market in Minneapolis. It was great to have a conversation about spoons and more with a fellow carver in person. I bought four spoons from Charlie, and they are lovely. In particular, I really like his simple yet elegant handles.
Speaking of handles, I’m working on this weird willow spoon. It’s a strange one, but I like it.
I’m also turning into a finial freak and trying to do something different. My favorite finial finessers out there – Dan Lawrence for the bird finial, which is at the top of my list. Derek Brabender made a sweet spoon that I bought with a tiny albeit perfect finial on it. Jogge Sudqvist is a master of the finial too,
Anyway, trying to carve my way into a new place and this is where it’s at for now. Trying out a new knife that I bought from Deepwood Ventures, and I feel like I’m driving a ’68 mustang. This is a big knife with a blade that slices through the grain like butter at a picnic in July.
Just got back from Decorah, where I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Scott Johnson,who is an amazing kolroser and generous soul with his time and talent. Scott was demonstrating kolrosing at the Vesterheim Museum. In addition to learning that I can use black walnut bark to fill my kolrosing knife cuts, Scott made a really cool pendant for my six-year-old son. I hope that Vesterheim brings him back to teach a class on kolrosing at their folk school.