|Project by jjw5858||posted 12-05-2012 12:28 AM||1029 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
With the holidays fast approaching I have been busy with some various small projects! After doing some further study and research of the natural shapes of eating spoons I began to find better avenues for improving my works look, feel and practicality.
Basically I was just way too conservative in the past with the spoons wood….lol. I needed to live on the edge more and get all that extra wood off of these affording the spoon to become more user friendly versus strictly visually pleasing. It takes time, patience and eventually the shapes make sense. Every new addition I can see how far the work has grown like any craft we seek to learn. This kind of work has taught me a great respect for the wilderness and has created a wonderful deep bond with learning more about various timbers.
Woods used here if you look at the first picture going left to right are Birch, Smoothe Sumac ( Not the poisen variety), Cherry, and….???? I honestly am not sure yet…..I found a large limb outside my best firends neighbors curb so in the pick-up truck it went…lol.
All of the spoons were made with handsaw, hatchet, knives and hookknife in the traditional swedish way.
I can only add that my new found philosophy is that the handmade spoon is a deeper exercise and expression than just making the spoon itself. Watching the incredible works of Wille Sundqvist and his son Jogg has been a superb lesson in attiaining that spirit of pride in these arts. Once you begin this path you can find such a broader understanding of woodworking. I hope anyone that cares to try it does it with joy.
I hope you may enjoy these and venture out into the woods for some of your own!
Thanks for taking a look, and keep creating!
All the best,
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB