My central concern is encouragement — encouraging people to seek, to experiment, to design, to create, and to dream.
–Bill Coperthwaite, A Handmade Life
There are plenty of reasons to carve a spoon, and here’s a special one. North House Folk School will be hosting an online auction in early September to raise funds for the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship Fund. You are invited to carve a spoon in honor of Wille and Bill and send it to North House. Direct monetary donations to the fund are also welcome. More information can be found in this letter from Bill’s friend Peter Lamb, who, along with Jögge Sundqvist, will be at North House in September. Just click on the link right below:
When a spoon shows the care and skill necessary to carve it, it gives back each day it’s used the spirit that went into making it.
–Wille Sundqvist, Swedish Carving Techniques
Both Bill and Wille were dedicated to sharing with others the simple joy and profound sense of fulfillment that comes from making things quietly with one’s hands. Their influence continues to grow for the benefit of many around the world. I hope that Peter and Jögge find a tall pile of spoons for the auction when they arrive at North House Folk School next month.
I’ll have mine in the mail before long. Beautiful cool day today, perfect for carving.