Friday, 21 February 2014

The Price of Inspiration

This blog is somewhat self absorbed with mainly things I have made. Below are the spoons that I have bought or been given that I love and I use. The monetary value I have paid for them has been returned many times over in what they have taught me and incorporated into my own designs.

If a picture tells a thousand words, holding a 3D object tells a million. Even photographs of the same spoon could never tell you the exact details or show the final knife cuts like holding an actual object does.

If you carve spoons but balk at the idea of paying for them (especially when you have loads kicking around already), the best advice I can give you is to bloody well do it. If you pay £36.50 for a spoon that is 10 pence a day for inspiration for the first year, after that it's free!

First up, one of Barn Carders, the first spoon I bought. A serving/cooking spoon in Bay. Its one of my very favourites.

This is my favourite photo that I have taken, it shows the beautiful fading to the faceting which makes the back of a spoon so fascinating...

Another of Barns in the style that he made his own. Simple yet stylish in Sycamore.

Interestingly the bowl of the spoon is not perfectly symmetrical. A slight offsetting which is only obvious on close study, proof that the human hand is still at work.

Next up is the spoon I bought at the second Spoonfest by Jarrod StoneDahl, an American craftsman with Scandinavian ancestry. He produces the same style of Scandinavian spoon almost exclusively with minor variations and he is very good at it. Birch.

The last spoon is by Owen Thomas, a friend I made on a chair making course. He gave it to me on my birthday last year. It is carved from Sycamore. The teardrop shape of the bowl and the profile are related in a complicated 3D nightmare created by the Twyca Cam (spoon knife) that he uses to great effect.

There you are. Nice spoons.

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