That butter spreader making workshop I did with Sam from Folk of All Trades gave me the confidence to try turning the spoon blank that I bought when I invested in a couple of wood carving knives, into a spoon. I’m afraid I have to skip over the blank I brought home from the workshop because it all went very well until I snapped the bowl off the handle! This is the nature of being a beginner. But still disappointing.
Here I am having made my very first concave cuts! It was slow going but I kept reviewing my notes and reading my book on spoon carving… and I kept going.
And eventually I ended up with a spoon!
That was exciting but I had no more wood. Then I was walking from the railway station to my parents’ house and there were some gentlemen cutting a lot from a tree–so I asked if I could take a piece that was on the footpath. I thought I could at the very least practice using an axe with it. It was Ficus Benjamina (weeping fig). And it was lovely to work, so I tried another spoon.
And I ended up with another spoon! Learning new skills is so exciting.
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Learning new skills is very exciting. When we have ‘Bucket list circles’ at work (Don’t ask), everyone fills their turn with faraway places they want to visit, mine is always a new skill I want to learn. Wood carving and spoon making in particular is on my ‘Bucket List’.
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I hour you get the chance to start soon. I’m more like you and less like the travellers, I guess!