Tag Archives: woodworking

sweetgum carved spoons

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 […]

GLAM 2017

GLAM Craft Show on Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Update: Dec. 5. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi and/or made a purchase this year.  Glam was a great success.  Thanks to all!   The GLAM Craft Show – a gathering of Gainesville-area crafters and artisans – will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. GLAM will […]

Summer Song Sale: Flutes, Kanteles

In the heat of summer, what can cool you immensely is sitting in the air conditioning and playing a soothing musical instrument. During the summer, I am often making instruments and getting ready for my Fall art and craft shows that I travel to.  Some of you have asked why I don’t have more flutes […]

Chestnut branch flute

Chestnut Branch Flutes

Creating a flute from a branch is exciting and rewarding, as I see how the wood guides me and listen to what the flute’s voice will be. Here’s a video with the four Chestnut branch flutes that I just finished making. In the video, I play two of the flutes to let you hear their […]

Cherry WrenSong flute with zebra wood bird.

WrenSong flutes en route to Wales

I typically don’t do special orders – unless the situation is unique and intrigues me. Ray from Wales presented one of those intriguing situations. He emailed to say he had found my blog and really wanted to have a WrenSong flute – or two. He had decided that he wanted to learn to play the […]

What’s on my plate? Branch flutes

I have a full plate of flutes with the four little branch flutes I’m working with. They are a delight to work with. Always I enjoy helping tree branches become unique flutes. Working with four flutes from the same tree has advantages. Because they are from the same kind of wood.  After working with one flute, […]

Carving Hitty dolls

Working with wood is an ever evolving and exploring process. I’ve found that one project-idea often leads to another project. And the new wood project for me? Carving small dolls. How did that happen? Creating WrenSong flutes and WrenSong kanteles requires larger equipment like a router, bandsaw, woodturning lathe and sander. Smaller tools are required too — such […]

Gene Webb and Judy Robinson

Carving lesson with Gene Webb

My first carving lesson happened in an unexpected way. I was in Townsend, Tennessee, doing some hiking in the Smokies and had breakfast in one of the local restaurants. The server and I got into a discussion about pyrography. I had just started wood burning on my flutes, and the server told me that she […]

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 […]

carving bowl

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 […]

Mulberry carved spoon

A Soothing Spoon

A Soothing Spoon. That’s what she was looking for, she told me, as she examined a basket of my hand-carved wood spoons. She was in a meditation class where she was learning to focus. To focus so that all the day’s tasks and concerns could be released – if just for a few minutes. Those […]