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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

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Where Has The Time Gone – WOODn’t You Like To Know!

A month into 2016, where has the time gone? I have been busy these last months, so thought I would give an update while I have a spare moment. 

I had my first solo art show at a small local art gallery here in PEI. That kept me busy for most of the Fall and into December getting ready for it. It’s a lot of work!! My show ran from January 5th and will be done February 12th. Though I don’t think I will do another one any time soon, it was a great experience!

Check out a few of my pieces!

“The Root”, is carved out of a spruce root I found in my back woods. The face carved in it is a version of the Green Man, a type of spirit of the forest. Click on picture to zoom and see better detail. Size is 6 foot wide and 4 feet tall. 

  
“Sails”, is a representation of the many ship sails in the Atlantic Ocean. Each piece was hand carved and painted. Medium birch, mounted on canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  
“Moon Crescents”, birch bark container. Embellished with different colored birch bark in the shape of moon crescents and stitching. Handle is natural spruce root. Size 14″ high, 9″ wide at base. 

  
There are many foxes found on PEI, my love and fascination of them inspired these next pieces. 

“Fox”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). I used the natural color variations of birch bark to create this collage, accented with acrylics. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  
“Sleeping Under The Moon”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Again I used the color variations of the bark to create this piece. Matted 8″ x 10″. 

  

“Owl Watching”, mixed media (birch bark, acrylics). Inspired by a Barred Owl my husband got a picture of last winter that was sitting outside our house. Canvas, 16″ x 20″. 

  

Once the opening of my show was completed, I took a few days off, then started on my next endeavor! Opening an Etsy shop!!

So I have been busy carving up a storm, and sorting out all the little details of opening an online shop. Making inventory, buying shipping and packaging supplies, marketing materials, and creating social media accounts (check out my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/eastcoastwoodenware/). Then there is the whole process of the actual online shop, making it look pretty and having all the information it needs! Needless to say life has been a little crazy!!

I’m just about ready to open, it will be called, East Coast Woodenware. It will mainly be hand carved wooden spoons, from the basic to the more intricately decorated spoons.  

So stay tuned for my big announcement in the next few days for my grand opening!!

LOVE SPOON – A Beautiful Tradition

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LOVE SPOON – A Beautiful Tradition

  

A “Love Spoon”, or “Welsh Love Spoon” is a Celtic tradition. 

The carving of Love Spoons dates back to the 17th Century. They can be found throughout Wales, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavian countries such as Norway. 

  

  

The original meaning behind one of these beautifully hand crafted spoons was to show ones affection. A young man would carve one and then present to a young lady to express his love, and intension to court and/or marry her. 
  

There are many styles and symbols that are carved into Love Spoons, with the most common being a heart. Each spoon was carved to represent their love story. 
  

They are still made and given today as presents for engagements, weddings and anniversaries. 
  

Here is one I recently carved. This is my first one, as I have seen many in carving books and online and wanted to give it a try. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. 
  

It was carved out of birch wood and is a medium sized spoon (9″ long x 2″ wide). It is finished with a beeswax oil finish. 

CARVED SPOONS – A Labor of Love

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CARVED SPOONS – A Labor of Love

spoon 6

 

I have not been posting as many recipes, as I have been busy working on something else.  Almost a year ago, I started a hobby which I have been interested in for some time, but just never pursued … Carving!

Carving is something that has been around for thousands of years and in cultures all around the world.  I myself have a Norwegian background, and they are some of the best carvers in the world.  With their heritage linking back to the Vikings, it seems to be in their blood … and ultimately in mine too!

Last summer, I finally decided to give it a go.  After a lot of research, I thought that I would like to do Power Carving.  This is basically carving with power tools, such as a rotary tool (Dremel), drills, chainsaws, and other power tools that can be used to shape wood.  I started with getting a rotary tool, I really wanted a Dremel, but instead I started with a Mastercraft rotary tool from Canadian Tire.  It is similar, and fits a lot of the Dremel tips, but a whole lot more economical.

I went to our back shed and found an interesting piece of firewood, which turned out to be Oak.  I grabbed our small hatchet and started by squaring off the piece of wood.  From there I drew on my spoon, and continued to use the hatchet until I got the ruff shape.  Then I started with my rotary tool, until I ultimately got my spoon.  It was a lot of work, but really gratifying when I got the final product.

 

Spoon 3

 

I really enjoyed the hand shaping, so I ended up buying some carving knives.  Since then I have gotten many more tools, both for hand carving and power carving.  In the end, I decided I wanted to do a combination of the two.

Here are some of the spoons I have carved since.

 

Spoon 1

 

Spoon 2

 

Spoon 4

 

Spoon 5

 

I am continuing to learn, and experiment with different techniques.  I have also been working on carving some bowls (I will talk about this in another post).  I have lots of ideas (probably too many), and will eventually get to making at least some of these.  I am a person who likes to do things the most efficient way, and so I am ever changing how I am doing things, with the hope that I will perfect my techniques over time.

I do hope to sell some of my carvings in the future, so watch for when I set up shop!