Category Archives: Lettering

Mr The Creature, Barn, and Letters

Strange title, but bear with me. Challenged with carving one of the coolest nicknames ever onto a spoon handle, I tried something new to sketch ideas before carving. Normally, I work out some ideas in my sketchbook after tracing the … Continue reading

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Library Bench

Sometime around 1980 I borrowed a Charlie Brown book from the Greenville Public Library. Then I lost it, then found it three years later. I don’t remember if any late fees were ever paid. What a scoundrel. This fall, I … Continue reading

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Love and Coffee

I’ve missed out on a love affair with coffee.  Seems like just about everyone else has had one and most of them last a lifetime.  Long before iced-coffees became chic, my grandfather loved cold black coffee.  He kept it in … Continue reading

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Cleave the Wood

When a friend asked me to carve this short line from Saying 77 of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, I spent a lot of time thinking.  There were a lot of decisions to make, from choosing among various translations to … Continue reading

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Letter Carving Close-Ups

When I was carving the lettering on a recent spoon, I paused to set up the camera behind my shoulder.  I used the timer to take a few photos as I worked a section, and they show some of my … Continue reading

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Literate Bugs

I’ve had this welcome sign hanging outside on the house for a little over a year now.  Lately it seems to be attracting some interesting little creatures.  I tried for a little while to identify them, but it proved to … Continue reading

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Making the Best of It

Limits encourage creativity.  This is evident in many aspects of life, such as when a resourceful home cook manages to create a splendid meal from the few things left in the cupboard.  Or when an aging athlete expertly adapts his … Continue reading

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Revisiting Thoreau’s Tray

Our life is frittered away by detail . . . I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on … Continue reading

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A Few New Spoons

I just finished four new spoons.  All are from crooks with a surface straight from the knife.  Flaxseed oil finish.  Ready for action.  If you see one you’d like, send me an email at dandkfish@gmail.com or leave a comment.  I’ll … Continue reading

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8th Grade Sloyd

As I cut the letters into this small panel earlier this month, I was thinking back to Mr. Howard Sokoloff, my 8th grade woodshop teacher.  Here was a man near retirement tasked with teaching every single thirteen-year-old in the school … Continue reading

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