Seeing this photo with the summer sun warming the flowers beside the fence makes me, on this frosty November morning, think about the changing of the seasons. The sun this morning casts longer shadows onto the lawn strewn with golden Norway maple leaves. They’ll crunch and dance before the tines of my rake this afternoon.
In that summer photo, I was carving a long ladle from a neighborhood Norway maple tree. I sent that ladle, along with a few other spoons, to an exhibition in North Carolina which has now ended, so I have some spoons for sale. If you’d like to purchase one, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. You can pay by sending a check or with paypal.
First is that one I was carving in the photos, a long slender slotted ladle carved from a Norway maple crook. This stuff is lovely for spoons; harder than silver maple with a very tight grain. The characteristics of the wood and the flow of the fibers allowed for a thin and graceful design while remaining strong and flexible. The color will deepen over time. It is 17 1/2 inches long and 3 1/8 inches wide.
The second one is from a rhododendron crook. A nice wide serving spoon, 7 5/8″ x 3 1/4″. “Stay Awhile” carved into the handle. $200 includes shipping. SOLD
The third one goes back to the Norway maple. The branch above a sharp crook was bent and twisted in a sinuous curve. I went with it and kept the fibers true through the handle. The handle takes a winding road, but still has a good relationship to the bowl when held. Unlike the others that have a surface straight from the knife, I finished this spoon by sanding to a fine polish. 14 3/8″ x 2″. $230 includes shipping. SOLD