I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan (USA) and have spent most of my life in the Southeastern part of the state. As a child, I could always be found playing outside. Everything in nature interested me back then and, as I grow older, I realize it interests me even more now than ever.
I stumbled upon spoon carving totally by accident. At the time, I was very interested in learning primitive living and survival skills. I became totally amazed by the idea that I could create whatever I’d need to survive with what I could find in local woodlands. Some people may think a wooden spoon to be the least helpful item a person can create. I tend to disagree. Have you ever tried to eat oatmeal with your bare hands?
My first wooden spoon was attempted while I was on a weekend trip in a local woodland. It was a complete disaster and ended up in the fire (in pieces, I might add). I didn’t have the proper tools, timber or knowledge needed to create such an object. I remember being totally disappointed but equally excited to give it another try. I immediately ordered a Mora 106 sloyd and a Mora 164 hook knife and I’ve been addicted ever since.
Over the course of the next few years, I completely immersed myself in the spoon carving culture. Whenever time allowed, I had an axe or knife in my hand. I studied form in the beginning, focusing mostly on bettering my aesthetic, but realized later that function should instead determine a spoon’s shape.
One of the best things about the spoon carving community is the willingness of its members to help. I asked countless questions answered by countless kind folks online, who asked for nothing in return. I had to give back to such an amazing community. I made it my goal to share what I could with others in any way I could and have been doing so happily for a few years now.
A large part of helping folks out has been through sharing photos and videos of different parts of the spoon carving process. I’ve even gone so far as to create content for my YouTube channel (HuronSpoonCo) to try to explain my processes to those who are interested. One of the things I’ve found interesting is that creating the spoon’s crank (the angle of the bowl in relation to the handle) is a common struggle for many people.
But what if there were a way to eliminate some of the more difficult parts of spoon carving? Like finding and processing suitable greenwood, laying out the spoon’s top profile, and establishing the right amount of crank? Pairing up with The Spoon Crank has allowed me to alleviate this stress by offering a finished spoon blank along with proper tools and instructions.
This initiative is just one of the ways I plan to give back to the spoon carving community. It has become increasingly more important to me to pass this knowledge on. I will continue to offer advice on my social media pages, film YouTube videos, and positively connect in any way I can with as many people as are interested.
By Sean Hearn
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