In 2018, I came across a book on carving at the community library. After trying to carve a green man, a Celtic knot and some figures in basswood, I found YouTube videos on other styles of carving from chip carving to busts in stone. Once I came across spoon and bowl carving things clicked. I have been carving spoons and bowls ever since.
A spoon is a remarkably complex sculptural object that has to function well and look good. Spoon carving is hugely popular in the UK and Europe. Several green woodworking Facebook groups currently provide a community to learn and become inspired. Designing spoons and bowls that are both functional and attractive is a fun and fascinating challenge. Chip carving and kolrosing are two new decorative styles I am currently mastering.
I am currently making spoons, bowls, walking stick toppers, figures and other objects. Several area shops display my carvings and I do custom commissions for gifts and special events.