Cherry and cast bronze
A very large and old copper beech tree was sick and needed to come down in the garden of the Newark Museum. I wanted to see a small part of it live on in a new form. I also wanted to use it as a teaching experience. this bowl was rough carved at the Greater Newark Area Mini Maker Faire.
Non-traditional forms using mostly traditional methods of making.
My spoons & things are carved with edged tools (axe and knife) using long standing Scandinavian practices. The shapes and forms however have many influences. As a result the finished pieces tend to have unique aesthetic sensibilities. These spoons & things are split and carved from green wood. Whether it be branch or log, the form is often dictated by the natural structure of the tree. If there is a bend or curve in the branch, that should be utilized for its strength.
At first the branch this spoon was carved from said "ladle", then it said "Foot"
Korean Wedding Ducks
Originally, a man who wished to marry would purchase pairs of live ducks or geese to give as a gift to the family of a the prospective bride. That tradition gave way to using wooden ducks in place of live animals. A couple would select a man to carve their wedding ducks who was honourable, and a good friend. Additionally, the man should have "five fortunes" to be a suitable carver because it was believed that these fortunes would be imparted to the ducks and transferred to the couple who received them
Anniversary gift for my wife Sarah. Five years is the year of wood.