|Project by jjw5858||posted 01-13-2014 10:40 PM||753 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
Form and balance is something that is required in the craft of carving a wooden spoon. This learning of carving is something that seems to allow me to walk away from my current (non spoon) project left on my workbench and why? It is because of the very fact that I know for myself that this process of working out shavings upon my knee sitting at my shopping block is preparing me to be a better joiner, sawyer, planer, woodworker. A more caring and patient person.
I am totally convinced this wonderful tradition of knife and axe work is a fantastic fundamental and valued way to spend an hour or more. These various moves and carving grips are teaching care, pride and understanding of timbers. The entire time you proceed through the work, wether it is a wooden horse, spoon, or whatever else your creative mind desires to try, you will continue to learn. This work will do nothing more than educate and liberate your outlook on life. There is no rush, no competition, just let the tree teach us as we work.
Handicrafts take us out to woods again, bringing us upon the tree and humbles us in the best of ways. It reminds us to rely on ourselves, to take chances on our limitations and gather our instincts to collectively brave new trails of blade and shavings.
This craft is wonderful in the simple fact that it is so very hard, you have to exercise mind and body for your satisfaction. You must repeat the moves many times to get a form that you see as improvement. Along all of this you may find a sense of newfound freedom from the daily noise of a throw away society. To make something with our hands, with tools that someone made with their hands. That my friends is a wonderful combination that exposes an over packed modern world stuffed with constant electric gadgets that leaves us rather empty of accomplishment or achievement.
Sit your carved work on a shelf and look at it, share it with friends, or give it to someone you care for. The tree is living on from your design and showcased with it’s magnificent grain. Wonderful!
This latest spoon carved in Cherry…it is thanking me for my hard efforts. It feels correct in my hand. The crooked timber shows me the great lesson that Jogge Sundqvist and his father Wille have always taught …form follows fibers. When you walk amongst the trees you train your eye much like how the great wheelwrights saw wagon parts within the tree, you try to see spoons.
Find yourself a crook in a tree, saw her out and make a split. You just might have a wonderful blank of wood to let nature show you it’s strength for creating yourself a spoon! The secret is to find the form and balance.
Either way I hope your time is spent enjoying the outdoors,
Be well my friends and keep making shavings!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB