Vacation means days away from the routine. The routine of life lately has not left much room for simple art and craft work as of late.. but the start of summer means we are off the beach in North Carolina. Holden beach is where we are holed up, outside the door is the ocean, inside is all the food you can eat. Once we got settled the first thing I really wanted to do was make something, so out came the wooden ring kit on the first few days.. 40 or so new ones were made from 3 to 14 in size, this small box of them will be carried around and offered up as gifts. A day and a half of ring making left my fingers crippled and a thumbnail almost sanded away from holding those little things as they are shaped.. out came the spoon blanks.
I'll still carve nudes, got several under way but the spoon has a lot of possibilities as was noted in an earlier submission. The bottom spoon was carved first, it is designed to look like a shell has been lashed to a handle and the hang hole is carved to resemble a capped end with a ring. It was carved entirely with a flexcut knife and a swiss gouge. The shell shaped head turned out to be as thin as a potato chip and cracked while detailing the other side. Of course being wood it was easily repaired but is now relegated to 'decorative'. Maybe you could scoop jello or something soft with it. Not sure what the wood is.. Next came a spoon made purely for use. This red oak spoon has all the heft the first one lacked.. then some, it was carved from a five pound blank and still weighs a pound! It is an oversized spoon that can stir batter >or concrete< and has the heft to put the R back in respect! The corrective properties refer to both ends! In the interest of the utmost simplicity it has no hang hole but one may be added as it is far too large to go in a drawer.. maybe cross wise?
The last is the maple paddle.. now remember, this is just a big spoon. In the history and study of fluid dynamics it has been shown that this paddle form is excellent for creating movement in fluid. While the paddle shape itself was designed to move a boat 'through' the fluid rather to stir, it's ability to get a 'grip' on constantly shifting matter such as fluid is unquestioned. A coven of witches could stir a cauldron a foot or more deep and still have two hands on the object while scraping the bottom. A cook with the necessary fortitude could stir a pot to provide for the masses. A child could paddle a boat with it! But what are the odds any of those will happen... none of course, so realizing that this, the most useful of the designs, is still mostly playful whimsy, a smiling fish was carved in the hollow.
Fun is! Today I'll get down to the beach and work on the tan!