My name is David Garner and I’m from rural Alabama. I have lived in several states, including Alaska, and my family and I are now settled in Connecticut. A few years ago I saw Peter Follansbee carve a spoon on the Woodwright’s Shop and it inspired me to try carving my own. After making that first spoon, I was hooked. For several months, I learned from YouTube and by trial and error. In January of 2019 I was able to attend a spoon carving course taught by Peter Follansbee and suddenly carving became much easier and a whole new world of possibilities opened to me. I have spent the time since exploring green woodworking and practicing my craft.
I have always loved woodworking, but not the fact that I had to be separated from my family to do it. I discovered that I could carve and spend time with my family because there are no loud tools needed. Being able to carve with my family elevated my passion for carving even more. Spoon carving for me is a form of stress relief and is a creative outlet that I didn’t know I needed.
I make blanks from locally sourced wood that have died, fallen, or been cut due to storms, power line maintenance, home safety, home orchard maintenance, or ash trees killed in the emerald ash borer epidemic. Each of these trees has a story associated with it, and isn’t just some plank shipped from thousands of miles away and sold in a big box store. I recommend that beginners carve in softer hardwoods like birch, aspen, poplar, or cherry. Most of my blanks are made from cherry or poplar that has been aged in the log. I also have a supply of ash, spalted maple, dogwood, and walnut if you would like a chance at these beautiful but more challenging woods. I occasionally have access to apple and pear, which make amazing looking spoons, but only after an amazing amount of work.
I have priced my spoon blanks to reflect that I am new to the craft and want to hone my skills and designs. I don’t sell spoons; I make them as gifts. I want to sell blanks because I have access to lots of high quality wood, and it will give me many more opportunities to draw and axe my designs. For each blank I will draw on my design, but I will leave you enough wood to make the design your own. If you prefer, I also sell billets that will allow you to completely axe and draw your own designs.
by David Garner
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