Everyone should have wooden spoons in their kitchen. The warmth and softness of them cannot fail to make the food that you are cooking taste better, surely!
I have been carving wood for a long time but after carving my first spoon about six years ago my obsession started! fat spoons, thin spoons, wobbly spoons, scooping spoons, soup spoons, the list of spoon designs is endless and that is before you even start on chip carving design, experimenting with paint and spoons from different ages and countries! There is nothing quite like carving a spoon, being taken off to spoon land and then waking up to find that hours have blissfully passed with all of your cares gone, well temporarily at least.
All spoons and bowls are carved with axe and knife and are finished with natural linseed oil.
My furniture is made in a traditional and also by hand with local, sustainable timber. I start by splitting a log, shaping it with an axe and then onto a shavehorse to finish with a drawknife. I make the most of the piece of wood and allow the twists, knots, bark and any other features to dictate how I finish the shape and design. I combine marquetry and inlay techniques that I have learnt when making musical instruments along with design and decorating ideas from my fine art degree to create pieces of work that are bespoke and unique.