From Mike Anderson
For the Queen’s birthday celebration event on Rowley Fields on the 12th June I will scrub up as best I can, wear something practical but clean and give a practical demonstration of simple wood carving. I’ll try to show, using just three hand tools – an axe, a knife and a spoon knife – how to turn a piece of wood into something else. Like, a spoon, an owl head, a dala horse, a whistle, a fox log, a mushroom or a mouse. I’ll also be offering all my modest carvings for sale with all proceeds going to Butterfly Conservation. For those who would like to get some hands on experience there will be the chance to pay a little more and enter a draw for a free spoon carving lesson with me.
Each spoon on display will be unique: it’s size and shape dictated by the type of wood, its characteristics and how I felt at the time I carved it. In many of the spoons I’ve retained some of the character of the original piece of wood with knots, blemishes, cracks, a bit of bark, a twist in the grain, all kept. With 80 of these spoons for sale, there should be something for everyone. All are hand carved, sealed with olive oil and may even come with a story about the type of wood, how I came by it, how it turned out the way it did and when it was created. Other items are just things I’ve enjoyed making. Come along and don’t forget to bring some money. Everything must go so don’t expect craft fair prices. A couple of pounds will secure a unique spoon and a few pennies a whistle.