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If you would like to see how I make my spoons visit my facebook fan page. I will be posting about spoon carving tools and techniques as well as cooking. Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KitchenCarvings/216160631737775?sk=wall

About me:

I love wood. I love the sound a fresh green log makes as I split it with Froe and Mallet and the excitement of seeing what lies within. I love the feeling of my drawknife as it slices away, the shavings curling into my lap. I love the smell of air dried cherry, like roses. I love working with the grain and color and the contrast between the deep cinnamon heartwood and the bright yellow sapwood of a piece of Honey Mesquite. I love working with the shape of a piece of wood as I cut until a final shape starts to emerge. I…

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  • Born on April 5
  • Joined January 18, 2011

Favorite materials

Mesquite Cherry Sugar Maple Plum Apple Pear, Apricot Black Walnut

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About

If you would like to see how I make my spoons visit my facebook fan page. I will be posting about spoon carving tools and techniques as well as cooking. Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KitchenCarvings/216160631737775?sk=wall

About me:

I love wood. I love the sound a fresh green log makes as I split it with Froe and Mallet and the excitement of seeing what lies within. I love the feeling of my drawknife as it slices away, the shavings curling into my lap. I love the smell of air dried cherry, like roses. I love working with the grain and color and the contrast between the deep cinnamon heartwood and the bright yellow sapwood of a piece of Honey Mesquite. I love working with the shape of a piece of wood as I cut until a final shape starts to emerge. I also love to cook.

I have been a professional woodworker for 16 years and have been making spoons for 10. I wanted to use some of the vast amount of waste wood that is out there. I saw that a lot of very beautiful wood was literally going up in smoke or being shredded in wood chippers, like the English Elm I got from a tree that was felled at the School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Spoon making is a perfect use for this material. And its a great way to show off beautiful grain.

My shop is in an old dairy barn that looks east across Potato and Barley fields of the San Luis Valley of Colorado to the 14,000 ft. peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. My desk is a thick workbench and an 18 inch bandsaw. My chair is a shaving horse. My inspiration is the pile of logs and limbs in every shape that I have gathered from around the country and that friends have brought me over the years. It comes from orchard pruning, power line trimming, storms and the waste piles of professional arborists. I am glad I can rescue some of it from the fireplace and the wood chipper and make something useful at the same time.

Each of my kitchen tools is unique, just as each piece of wood is different. After they are carved I sand them, raising the grain with hot water in between so they will stay smooth and beautiful in use. Then they are bathed in hot mineral oil and Beeswax and then polished.

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