|Project by darkhollow||posted 05-07-2012 05:56 PM||1180 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is one of a couple of gallery’s I am posting of spoons I’ve made over the past couple of years. All are hewn and carved with traditional tools.
1) Celtic Knotwork Spoon, American Holly, appx. 8 1/2” long
2) Knotwork spoon with Two Captured Balls (traditionally called Devils in a Well) the balls are carved out inside of the cage, and are loose. Maple, 8” long
3) Double Helix Spoon, 150+years old American Holly with inlayed Amber, 6 1/2” long
4) Shamrock Spoon, Sourwood, 7” long. This spoon was a commission from a man who had immigrated to America from Ireland decades ago. When he did so he smuggled a live sprig of Shamrock with him. He gave me another sprig of this plant to use as a model for this piece.
5 & 6) Last Drop of the Run; Cherry and Amber, 9” long. This spoon is a tribute to the noble, old-school traditions of Moonshining. The front depicts a still hidden deep in a thicket of Rhododendron (A traditional hiding spot in Appalachia for one’s still) The last drop of the run, which is inlayed Amber, is falling from the spout into the waiting jug. At the bottom there is a mouse who is enjoying lapping up the over-spill! Picture 6 show that there is a Revenuer waiting around back to bust-up the still. It was inspired by a hatchet that my Granddad gave me a couple years before he passed away, which he found i the 1930s, next to a long-ago busted still. He found two of them, the other belongs to my brother. Both were hand forged, and when he found them, they had laid around so long they handles fell apart due to rot. I use mine regularly in the shop and for splitting kindling.
-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...