Sometimes i think we are living close to the end of our times – something instinctual about getting away from the bullshit and plain lies we are so bedevilled with. There suddenly seems to be an upsurge in making things. Perhaps a wish to connect —
Ive been asked to join a spooncarving facebook side with over 2,000 members.
Utterly fantastic. The members are hugely enthusiastic – competitions, spoon swaps and more.
A far cry from when i started way back in the ealy 1980s – there was very little information available so i had to learn and make my own techniques.
In fact i was so pleased with these that i began to write for the woodworker magazine. The next stage was to formalise the technique, that is make moves and such like into rules – the tool must be held like this, the knife handle must project beyond the blade so that this takes place and so on.
Then came a video – basic spoon carving with Bertie Somme – i was so proud.
Unfortunatly the company concerned was run by some very dear people who also liked to smoke vast quantities of pot. They i think had considerable debts – in particular i remember some very fancy video editing gear, in fact vast amounts.
As a result payment was desultory – however i digress – we went on to make a second video – advanced spoon carving – ive just seen a copy for sale on amazon at 240 canadian dollars.
But now i find myself pushed aside – no one seems to be interested – there are other teachers whose students are a little jealous and far better at playing the promotion game than me. Only trouble is the methods are a little antique to say the least and very possibly dangerous. Axes, some safety issues with knives, because it is almost a religion one must use old fashioned tools and so on – a real shame as it is so easy to do in the home and on your lap if you use my technique. (by the way ive laid out 7 videos on you tube about just this)
The crafts council had a bloke who was a spoon maker. A director of some kind – he announced that there was going to be a series of lectures and demos at the crafts council hq in london – i went along and found a few very unhappy people standing on the pavement – it had been cancelled and without telling any of those who had come a long way to attend, not very gracious but then thats the crafts council.
So now i am cutting firewood mostly – for a living/job. Nice thing about it is i get to pick any nice bits and so have quite a library downstairs right now. Got a deep bowl with handle nearly ready and a large scoop/ladle with some hours of work left to do.
I dont expect to get anywhere with this spoon carving lot as they seem to be the usual (perhap i dont understand how to function in this kind of miljø?) but some are trying and its nice.
Right now big storms and snow – not a great deal but in drifts. Poor birds are desperate – im having up to 4 at a time on my steps – seeds,nuts and bread from the bread slicer in the supermarket .i tell them my slicer emptying services are free.
Today i washed the floors by hand – i have a machine which ive used in the past but it seems fast by hand and perhaps more efficient. Feels goood too.