☞ How long have you been into spoon carving?
More than six years.
☞ Why Spoons?
☞ Social media, yes/no? Do you make use of multiple platforms or do you limit your online presence to only a few? Which ones do you find the most beneficial to what you do and offer?
Yes! I use a handful of platforms as I find I can connect with different people and in different ways through each platform. I am most present and engaged on instagram and youtube at the moment. I share and work to inspire a creative and intentional lifestyle. I am regularly sharing about spoon carving among many other crafts as well. My approach is to keep things honest, authentic and transparent. Social media can be such a gift if used well. I have found so many connections and room for growth when I use it in a curated way to what fits my personal growth.
☞ How does your partner react to wood chips and your spoon carving?
☞ Would you care to share the best pro tip you ever received with us?
“The first 100, actually make that 300, spoons you carve will be shit” – I know this sounds like the opposite of a pro tip but if you take this and let it be your key to freedom in creating and learning a new craft it will be just that. Let the fact that you will be imperfect for a long time be freeing. Don’t keep your work a secret until it’s ‘worthy’ of sharing. Make something, and keep making it. Mess up, do it right, stumble, have an aha, trip, and repeat. The more we know, the more we know we don’t know. I’ve carved 100’s of spoons and I keep thinking I’ve got it this time, but then I think the same thing 20 spoons away. Keep learning. Let your work be imperfect and keep striving to make it better!!!
☞ How do you like to finish your spoons?
Linseed Oil, Tung Oil, Oil Paint, Milk Paint and Oil, Roasting, Experimenting with dying and oxidising as well.
☞ What are your three most favorite tools in your kit?
Axe, Sloyd Knife and Adze.
☞ What is your most favorite part about carving a spoon?
☞ How do you approach sharpening your tools?
With a good podcast and steady breath. Sharpening is a craft unto itself and one that I haven’t dedicated nearly enough time. A real master likely spends more time sharpening than making. I’m not a master.
☞ How/where to you get your carving wood?
Roadside finds, Friends and family, Arborists/Tree crews, By hook or crook, In the dead of night.