Category spoon carving

Carved Wood Spoons

I enjoy carving green wood into wooden spoons using an axe and knife. The first batch of spoons I carved were from  horse chestnut.  It was such an enjoyable experience and I really liked that the whole operation was portable.  I could take the axe and knife with me and carve “on the road,” so-to-speak.  When making flutes […]

Carved Wood Spoons

Wood spoons carved as Christmas gifts

Six of my carved wooden spoons are now in new homes. A friend made a special order for Christmas gifts. This order of gift spoons was a lot of fun to create and shows a range of wood and spoon styles. The lilac spoon (second from right) was from a tree in Ontario, Canada. The […]

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Carving sweetgum spoons

I’ve been carving spoons from sweetgum this week. The wood was given to me friend who collected a couple of sweetgum branches while out running. The sweetgum tree was being taken down as part of a homeowner’s efforts to clear trees in anticipation of hurricane season. My friend knew I like to “rescue” parts of […]

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Art in the Park at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Oct. 7

Enjoy seeing artist displays and craft demonstrations and get a head start on holiday gift shopping at Art in the Park at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, 2017. I’ll be one of the artists, selling my wood art. My Native American-style flutes […]

A Philosophy of Carving Spoons

From time to time I get interesting and/or encouraging correspondence through my website/blog. Recently, I have had a few comments and queries on my spoon carving. For example, I appreciated hearing from Mrs. B who wrote to tell me about her adventures in beginning spoon carving.  She is fortunate to have so many trees on […]

WrenSong Woods at GLAM 2016

Care of wood spoons & Glam 2016

The joy of wood and the care of wood items used for cooking and eating were themes of my day as a vendor at the GLAM Craft Show in Gainesville. I really enjoyed talking with the many people who stopped by my display and wanted to learn more about the wood items I make. We […]

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Holiday shopping: GLAM & online

Let my WrenSong Woods handcrafted creations be part of your holiday gift giving. You can shop my Etsy Store online — open 24/7 for your shopping convenience. Save 30 percent on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26) and on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) on the purchase of any of my kanteles. The kantele — a string instrument […]

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Quilt & Bluegrass Festival on Nov. 19

If you’re looking for a holiday shopping opportunity for crafted items with the bonus of Bluegrass music and quilts, the Quilt and Bluegrass Festival is the place for you. The festival is Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Thornebrook Village in Gainesville. Admission is free. For music lovers, I’ll be […]

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McIntosh 1890 Festival on Oct. 22

Looking for a fun Saturday activity with food, music, and the opportunity to purchase crafts for holiday gift giving? The McIntosh 1890 Festival is the event for you. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic McIntosh, Florida. The event is free with more than 280 vendors — and […]

Arts Festival: Thornebrook, Oct. 1-2, 2016

Join me at the Arts Festival at Thornebrook, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2. Both days the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I’ll be located in space 49, selling handcrafted items made from wood. I’ll have my WrenSong Native American style flutes. I’ve created a new book on playing the flute that comes free with […]

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Carving and turning at Arrowmont

Taking a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with Bob Lyon and Doug Finkel was an intriguing way for me to grow my turning and carving skills. The week-long class focused on making kitchen items from wood, which appealed to me as I was interested in improving my spoon carving ability and developing strategies […]

The Potential of a Red Maple

When I saw the maple tree being cut down, I couldn’t believe it. This was a tree that I pass in my regular driving route, and I had admired the tree. There are not too many  maples in this section of Florida, which has many more water oaks and pine trees. This maple tree was […]