From the greenwood

I use hand tools to coax useful objects from local trees. All the wood I work with is gathered in the wake of storms, lumbering and utility maintenance. I am currently focused on carving spoons in the Scandinavian tradition with axe and knives.

Why spoons?

A wooden spoon invites the imagination to participate, along with the hands, in the activities of cooking and eating. It links the meal to a bigger story; a story of the tree told in fibers, a story of the carver’s gestures told in tool-marks, a story of past meals told in patina. Hence the warm feeling we get from using a humble wooden spoon.

Besides:
A hand-carved spoon, paired with a handmade bowl filled with local food, leaves less room at the table for industrial agriculture, mass manufacturing, mining, indigestion. Our meals can become pure nourishment, and that nourishment can then propagate outward from our tables into our communities.

Woodshop

Below are the items currently available for sale. To order, send me a message with the name of the item and we’ll take it from there. Add $3 for shipping in the US. I’m open to barter as well.

If you’d like something in particular that you don’t see listed, or want to commission a spoon, let’s talk.

Eating spoon 9

American basswood (Tilia americana)
$22

Eating spoon 7

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
$22

Eating spoon 6

Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
$22

Eating spoon 3

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
$22

Eating spoon 5

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
Sold

Eating spoon 4

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
Sold

Eating spoon 2

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera)
Sold