Spoonfest was a really exciting and inspiring weekend so I’ve been carving a few more spoons since coming home and trying out new ideas. One of the most interesting talks was by Terence McSweeney, a professional osteopath who gave a talk on body posture and good tools use. This is something I’ve been interested in for a while and I incorporate warm-up exercises and stretches when I’m carving or teaching courses. Terence demonstrated a very dynamic looking stance for axing which has a rock-n-roll look to it but allows you to keep your back upright while working at the block so I’ve been practising that and feeling the benefits.
Christiane was working on a spoon in very spalted birch based on one made by Jarrod Stone Dahl which she bought at Spoonfest while I was developing my eating spoon designs including adding some colour to the handle.
If you’re interested in learning to carve or build on your existing skills, I’m running a two-day Spooncarving Workshop 6 & 7 October at Kendal in the Lake District. During the weekend you’ll learn to select timber for carving, axe work plus a range of safe and efficient knive techniques to produce your own kitchen utensils from local native woods. The cost of the weekend is £125 which includes tea & coffee, all materials and use of my tools.