Art is just as much about the space used as the object itself.
About 15 years ago I whittled a button from a small tree branch for an old vest. The vest is gone, but I still remember how it felt to take a piece of wood and make it into something else. Now I carve non-functional wooden spoons from cedar wood.
Some spoons come easy, some take a little more thought and elbow grease. I usually start with some idea (which doesn’t always make it to the finished spoon) and a table saw. When most of the extra material and a lot of sawdust are on the studio floor, it’s on to either a scroll saw or a skill saw.
Then the fun begins. Each piece of wood is different, a knot hole here, a funny swirl in the grain there. It won’t be forced and sometimes walking away and coming back with a fresh perspective, a hot mug of green tea and a sharp chisel make all the difference. Sometimes a spoon will sit on the kitchen counter for a few days while I ponder what it still needs.
I used to think that sanding was boring and not creative. Now I keep a supply of 80-400 grit paper on hand and often sand during the carving process. It helps me see what still needs to be done. The last steps are polishing with two types of steel wool, then a good rubbing with beeswax mixed with a little almond oil.
I hope you take pleasure in my work as much as I enjoyed making it.