I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be able to take a piece of wood and, with the use of a knife, make something beautiful. In 2004, I thought I’d give it a try. I did not want to attempt a caricature of a person or animal; I wanted to start with something more basic. I have always loved spoons. I am not sure why–but I love the feel and designs of different spoons. So, with the use of my husband’s pocket knife, then a set of exacto knives, I choose a piece of wood and worked away. It took only a week before I had my finished product.
Now, years later, I find myself still carving spoons, as I am able, and loving it even more than when I started.
For two years I carved while my husband was in school, and sold my wares on-line, and to friends, and friends of friends. I didn’t know then what I was doing, but I did it with gusto, and in the process, hurt my hands.
Since then I have learn so very much about proper carving techniques (Swedish Carving Techniques by Willie Sundqvst is an excellent book, and thanks to the booming interest in spoon carving, it has been reprinted!!), and discovered a rich carving community that I am delighted to learn from.
I do not sell my spoons on line anymore, due to having young children in the house and do not have much time for carving, but you are always free to ask what I might have available.
If you are a spoon carver, have a spoon carving related web site, and it’s not yet on my spoon links page, please send me your address so I may add it!
If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail I’ll do my best to answer them: .
Thank you for looking at my web page.
In Christ, Rita Hjelle