|Project by NaFianna||posted 08-04-2010 12:44 AM||1341 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Well here goes – first project on this site to which I owe a lot of my renewed enthusiasm for wood. This is my first carving and my first my first non utilitarian, repairs around the house type project.
The story is that both my brother and I played hurling, an Irish sport (see picture) somewhere between hockey and lacrosse. About 15 years ago I broke his favourite hurl (stick) in half. He was pissed. They are traditionally made of ash and for some reason I held onto the pieces, in the back of my mind thinking I would like to do something with them. A few weeks ago a couple of days before I was due to fly home on holidays I was looking at some spoons on this site when I thought of the two pieces of ash. In a couple of hours I put these together. I had very limited time and tools – chisel and spokeshave and lots of sandpaper. I had blisters when finished. I was initially a bit embarrassed to show them to anyone but was deep down kinda pleased with the result. The best part was my brother and his wife who are really into food and cooking, were really moved by the present. He could not believe I had held onto the pieces that long ( I asked how long he held the grudge) and they were used immediatly in the dinner they were preparing.
I was limited by the shape of the bits of broken stick but it is quite a large stiring spoon and a large something else – not sure what you would call it. Just vegetable oil to finish, it was all I had. Ash is so beautiful to work with.
Thanks for listening
-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?