I've been noticing a trend lately in the spoon carving world. I think its a natural thing but the complexity and amount of decoration is rapidly getting out of control. On one hand I think its a good thing, it shows that the craft is progressing and that people are stepping away from just making spoons and moving into the world of spoons as art. Allowing people to express themselves creatively through their craft is a great thing. On the other hand though, I think that this movement toward decorative spoons can be intimidating for the new spoon carver. I mean how are they supposed to even come close to the chip carving and kolrosing techniques of the master spoon carvers?
Getting into the game of trying to see who can make a better spoon doesn't interest me. I carve spoons to use, to cook with, to stir a pot of food that I made for my family to eat. I have a spoon on my desk, in a jar, that Barn Carder made for me a while ago, and to be honest, I can't bring myself to use it. Now, if you ask Barn, he would probably say to get it out and use it right away. Because that is what a spoon is, its a tool, a utensil, it is made to be used. I think though, that if I had one of those highly decorated spoons I wouldn't want to use it either, and frankly that's a shame.
I haven't carved a spoon in a while, I mean a long while. I can't even tell you why, there are a bunch of reasons I think, but at the end of the day, its because I let life get in the way. I found my way back, and although I may not be carving a spoon a day or anything, I've picked up my knives, sharpened them, and am carving again.
My latest spoon shows what happens when you don't carve for a while, techniques and tricks that you had learned sort of go by the wayside. It has some shape issues, some handle issues (like always) and its not the prettiest thing to look at, but it will stir a pot just fine!
Its been a busy few days around the house here, we are getting some painting done, both inside and out. My clean garage is filled again, and I need to get out there and get it straightened up. It is what it is, life goes on, go make something with you hands, you'll feel better!