Friday, February 11, 2011

Getting a handle on things

Lately I have been sitting here at my desk in the evenings with a sketch pad sitting on the desk in front of me.  I am not an artist, not even close to one, but I have been flipping it open and sketching a few pictures of spoons.  Spoons you say?  Yep.  Spoons.  Mostly handles.  I think after 6 months of spoon carving, I have finally settled on a handle design.  I think it needs refinement for sure, but I think I have come up with a general shape that will work.  Here is the silly part, it is nothing really, just an elongated diamond shape.

See?  Nothing exciting or fancy.  Not at all.  Just a simple shape, but if you were able to see the turmoil that this has caused in my brain, you would all be sighing a collective sigh of relief.  Seriously.  Random people that I meet on the street know about my handle problems.  "Hi, nice to meet you, I carve spoons, but I can't figure out the handle shape."  I shrug off the strange look.  "Yes, I am fully aware that spoons have handles."
Serenity Now!!!!
Anyway, that is all behind me now.  I am going to work on refining the shape in the coming months and I expect that now I will see a huge jump in consistency and overall quality.  I guess we will see.

That's about it I guess.  I got to spend some time on the phone with my brother the other night.  Two hours of talking about pole lathes and spoon knives, and bent wood rings.  Yep, I went there.  Bent wood rings.  Rings that are made from wood that is bent in a circle.  More on that later.  I hope.

I am going to really try to do a bit more writing here on the site.  Stay tuned for more!

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