hefcraft

Unique wares crafted with axe and knife

New York, United States On Etsy since 2019

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hefcraft

Unique wares crafted with axe and knife

New York, United States | 22 Sales

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Stephen Heffernan

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Stephen Heffernan

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About hefcraft

Sales 22
On Etsy since 2019

Heartfelt and Handmade

I carve these wares from the greenwood, with knife and hatchet, drawknife and gouge. I am looking to create a functional yet deeply personal object that will be used, cared for, and handed down from generation to generation.

I find there is a solitude in the work I do, an inward reflection. The idea is to become intimate with the material and create something meaningful. My focus hones in on the feel of the knife cutting the fibers and the flow of the grain. Between the heart, the hands, and the material, there is an exchange of information. There is reciprocity between the physical nature of the wood and the intent of the craftsman. The reality of grain and atmosphere, blade and fiber temper my ideas about the work.

Trees are a natural resource and as such needs to be respected and protected, no matter where one lives. In respect, I try to follow the three Rs of environmentalism; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I try to use, whenever possible, locally sourced material, wood that I have found or pruned myself, and the waste -- the chips I produce from carving -- go back on the compost pile, completing the cycle.,

And yet there is a real human dimension about the work as well,
I believe that everyone would like to touch, use, own, something handmade-- something crafted by hand -- now and again. I think that these utensils, unlike the mass-produced smooth plastic disposables, put them back in touch with their humanity, humility, mortality. I don't look at it so much as going back to nature, or back to a bygone era, but looking forward to creating a sustainable future for our children.

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  • Stephen Heffernan

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    I carve these utensils from the greenwood, with knife and hatchet, drawknife and gouge. I am looking to create a functional yet deeply personal object that will be used, cared for, and handed down from generation to generation.

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