Some of the pieces I make will be offered here for sale. All bowls are signed and dated on the bottom. I also mark each with a number in a series for that year. On spoons, I carve my makers mark into the underside of the handle.
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This bowl is carved from pin cherry (a.k.a. bird cherry or fire cherry). It is a very dense wood with beautiful color variation. This bowl came from an area on the lower trunk where the tree swelled. Following the tree's lead, I made this bowl asymmetrical. Unusual for me, but I really like it. One end is both higher and wider than the other. The rim sweeps from the upper handle to the lower handle. The handles are undercut as can be seen in the second photograph. 12 inches long, 6 inches wide (at the wide end), and 4 inches high (at the high end). $130 (shipping included) SOLD
This ladle is carved from a cherry branch crook. The grain flows strongly through the handle and right along the base of the bowl. When held up to the light, you can see the translucence of the bowl. Thin, yet strong. I decided to smooth the bowl of this one with sandpaper. This is a large ladle; 14.25 inches long, with a bowl just over 3 inches wide that would hold maybe a half cup. $75 (shipping included)
This is a large bowl from a beautiful walnut log. It is 21.25 inches long, 13.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches high. I didn't want to waste any of the wonderful dark heartwood on this log, so there is a bit of light sapwood on the outside of the bowl that you can see in one of the photos below. A classic form with subtle details such as the handles that drop away from the rim.
$285 (includes shipping) SOLD
Twist, guilloche, knot -- call it what you wish. This cherry bowl features side panels carved with a variation of a timeless design. 14 inches long, just over 6 inches wide, and 3.5 inches high. $250 (free shipping) SOLD
This cherry bowl is carved in the stylized form of a goose. The wing forms are undercut and sweep around the rim of the bowl, merging into the neck. Beautiful grain and flowing lines. There are two additonal photos below. It is 16.5 inches long, 7 inches wide, and 5 inches high. $300 (free shipping)
The handle of this spoon follows the twisting path of the grain within the branch that has chosen to go its own way. The carved words are from an Emily Bronte poem, Often Rebuked, Yet Always Back Returning. Here is the stanza in which they appear:
I'll walk where my own nature would be leading --
It vexes me to choose another guide --
Where the gray flocks in ferny glens are feeding,
Where the wild wind blows on the mountainside.
The spoon is 14 inches long. $70 (free shipping) SOLD
March 2013: I have started working on some bowls from some amazing walnut logs. They should produce beautiful large bowls if I do any justice at all to this wonderful wood.
"What I would like to do before it is too late is to get this across to a few craftsmen-to-be who will work after me, and also to a public which will be there to receive them, because we are living in a time when, I believe, this is important.
Fine things in wood are important, not only aesthetically, as oddities or rarities, but because ... much of our life is spent buying and discarding and buying again things that are not good.
Some of us long to have at least something, somewhere, which will give us harmony and a sense of durability -- I won't say permanence, but durability -- things that, through the years, become more and more beautiful, things we can leave to our children"
James Krenov A Cabinetmaker's Notebook
I was reminded of this James Krenov quote when I visited the website of Steve and Sue Schmeck. I encourage a visit to their inspiring website at www.manytracks.com.