So it has been a long while since I posted anything or done anything online. This is because of some changes in life that for the moment, haven't given me the opportunity to work on my arts/ crafts.
As some of you may know myself and my wife for the past year have been building a small cabin in our woodlands. This of course took up all my time and was of priority in order to finish before the winter. Now being in winter there is still plenty to do but I have had to seek full-time work elsewhere in order to keep our project going. Then once spring arrives we will have another build to complete.
The idea here is for us to establish a self sufficient lifestyle, one that is comfortable and abundant but that allows us to use our structure as a means to continue our arts/ crafts but also teach others.
So my spoon making is totally finished, it's just taking a long break.
My apologies to this who wish to purchase my spoons or wish to do workshops. It will be at least another 2 years before I get back into the swing of things.
An illustration I made showing the direction of how the knife should cut along certain parts of a spoon and along the grain of the wood. The top section shows how you get different grain patterns, especially in the bowl section of the spoon, when you use either the inner or outer part of a split log.
I made this illustration as a basic guide for all who have attended my class but can also be used by those looking to try spoon making out on their own. If you wish to share this image I ask that you share it with respect and not to remove my information on the top right. Thanks :)
It means a lot to me to have the opportunity to share what I know and to see people enjoy it, despite the blisters and hand cramps :)
My thanks to all of you attended. Keep at it, you where excellent!
And another big thanks to the Irish Design Shop for setting up such an excellent event. You guys are awesome!
Still loads to make and do before this workshop/ cabin is considered done but I am quite happy with it and I'm looking forward to spending the winter here.
A little glimpse of the wood flooring that will be going into the workshop. Here I am just brushing off the excess carbon and revealing that rich chocolate like timber.
2016 has been quite a a year for me with plenty of new changes and developments in my life, and thankfully all positive. I am always very thankful for everything I have but if it’s one year I can be very, very thankful for, it’s 2016.
To all of you, my deepest gratitude for all the support and love!
All my best wishes, may the transition from this year onto the next be an enjoyable one with plenty of laughter and hugs.
I will catch you all soon when my shop reopens on the 9th Jan and I will definitely be seeing some of you at the end of January for the first spoon carving workshop of 2017. You can checkout all the info at: www.titothespoonmaker.ie