Habits

Habits

Back in November I mentioned in this blog about starting Emmet van Driesche’s Virtual Apprenticeship Challenge.  The first challenge was to carve every day;  so I carved every day.  At the time it was indeed a bit of a challenge;  I had to plan each day, and...
Letting it go…

Letting it go…

I often read posts by other makers, commenting on how it feels a bit sad to say goodbye to their spoons or other makings.  I’ve never really understood that.  Most of my sales up until now have been face-to-face at market, and I’m very ready to send the...
Self-reliance

Self-reliance

I’ve had 36 hours with a non-functioning website.  It felt awful.  Six months ago I wouldn’t have noticed any such hiccup.  But at this moment I’m so excited by the thought that my business is growing; having the site down felt like I had one hand tied behind my...
Zeroing in on shapes

Zeroing in on shapes

Up to now with my carving, my design process has mostly been led by the wood.  When I have longer blanks, I make cooking spoons.  If I have a thicker blank, I aim for a scoop.  With shorter, scrappier blanks, I carve eating spoons, or spoons for children. Similarly,...
Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about supply and demand.  Not of the spoons and stock (though that is definitely something that merits a lot of thought), but of the raw material – the greenwood. I live in a town.  I don’t have a garden.  The backyard...