Monday, 3 March 2014


Hello everyone, long time no see.

I have been busy busy and have finally accepted that I have too many spoons and simply must let some of them go on to homes where they can be loved and used. And so, spoons for sale.

Grouped into three categories - 'large', for big mouths and lots of yummy food; 'medium', middle sized eaters; and 'small', ideal for kids, getting into yoghurt pots, people who prefer a small eating spoon.. any number of things really!

If you're interested in owning any of these beauties, post a comment below or send me an email at with the number of the spoon you want. Paypal is my payment method of choice, but I can also take UK cheque at a push.

Spoon #1
Birch, large eating spoon

Spoon #2
Birch, large eating spoon

Spoon #3 - SOLD
Birch, medium eating spoon

Spoon #4 - SOLD
Spalted birch, small eating spoon

Spoon #5 - SOLD
Birch, Small Eating Spoon

Spoon #6 - SOLD
Spalted birch, small eating spoon

Spoon #7 - SOLD
Spalted birch, small eating spoon

Spoon #8 - SOLD
Sycamore, medium eating spoon

Spoon #9 - SOLD
Spalted birch, medium eating spoon

Spoon #10 - SOLD
Spalted birch, small eating spoon

And that's all for now! Hopefully I'll have some more available soon. Flat rate of £5 shipping wherever in the world you are.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Teaching Spoons in Beautiful Edale

This time next week I shall be teaching workshops at Spoonfest. I thought it might be beneficial to have a little practise run on some family friends first. They were an interesting bunch, to say the least..

From left, Michael, Elara, Grace the knifemaker (I've mentioned her before!) and Miranda.
We started on axing, as that's what I'm planning on teaching. It was a great group to practise on, a wonderful mix of capabilities and physical strengths. After a good practise session turning willow sticks into woodchips and stakes (useful for vampires and sisters, I'm told!), we got cracking on some spatulas. Or is it spatulae?

Usually I would prefer to use large diameter softer wood for first time spatulas, lime or willow or similar, but birch was what we had so birch was what we used! Mmmmm lovely birch...
Grace enjoying the Big Walloper.
I think we may have some potential Axe Women of Great Britain here, am I right?!
Miranda showing us how to use a BIG axe!
Michael had the pleasure of playing with my shiny little axe, he kept commenting on how lovely and sharp it was. A proud moment!
After we'd finished our axing the weather was starting to darken, so we moved indoors for a tea break and some knife work. And naturally, the sun came out.
Busy hard at work..
Grace was thrilled to get the cut working so nicely!
And the final products! From left, the model spatula, Michael, Elara, Miranda and Grace.
We only had half a day, but we had an wonderful time and I'm very proud of my students' work. Michael left some lovely words on facebook which I hope he won't mind me sharing -
I think we all had a wonderful morning learning something new. JoJo is a great teacher, she explains and demonstrates patiently, interferes when necessary (well, just when i was about to sever the artery in my leg) and introduced us step-by-step into the different safe techniques of handling the tools.

Spoon carving is a wonderful activity, requiring focus and dexterity while being meditative at the same time. And slowly over time a chunk of wood turns into a cultural artefact. With the beautiful scenery of Edale in the background I can't imagine having a better time.
Thank you very much to my lovely friends for being my guinea pigs, and extra thanks to Grace for the pictures.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Sampling Spoonfest Birch!

Spoonfest fever is closing in. It's becoming a whirlwind of chaotic excitement. A few days ago we kicked things off by going to collect some birch from a local woodland..

Earlier this year it had been thinned, and the thinnings left on the ground just WAITING for someone to come along and turn them into spoons! We are those people.

The birch woodland has a lovely story attached to it actually. It was planted many years ago by the very lovely local peak park ranger, Bill, who needed a snowbreak for his house - situated in a hollow just over the edge of the moors. It's been the main source of birch for Robin's courses for the past few years.
This year Bill's coming to Spoonfest to see what we're doing with all his trees. If you see him you must say hello!

It wouldn't do to let the masses at the wood without just checking to see that it's okay (any excuse to play!), so I knocked out a few spoons. It's beautiful, anyone coming to Spoonfest is in for real treat!

And a bit more 'sampling', just to check it was ALL okay...!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Don't make see-through spoons.

Remember this beautiful photo?

I was digging through my bag of old spoons and look what I found.

Rest in peace, little spoon. You were the first spoon I ever posted on the internet, and the catalyst for something great. You shall be missed.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

May Make A Folder

My nearest city is Sheffield, the home of the steel industry and thus cutlery and knife making in the UK. As this year is the 100th birthday of stainless steel, Exciting Things are happening! One of those things is lead by Grace Horne, an exceptional knifemaker and very good friend of my Mum, and so I got in on it.

May Make A Folder is a project to encourage non-knife making craftspeople to have a go at making a folding knife in the month of May. We each received a pack of bits, and after a demonstration day were packed off to do our own thing..

I, of course, opted to make mine with a wooden 'scale'.

A lovely piece of ripple plum, rescued off the firewood pile because it was just too beautiful to burn. Too hard and dry to turn into spoons, it was just perfect for a knife handle.

Combining metal and wood like this was a tricky business. Most wooden handled folders and made using seasoned wood and power tools, and I can see why. The scale needs to be perfectly flat and even to fit the metal liner, something which would be far easier with a bandsaw and a planer-thicknesser...

Nonetheless, I managed it and successfully completed a knife before the month of May was over!

I'm feeling quite inspired, and very much looking forwards to getting the opportunity to chat knives with Nic Westermann and Dave Budd at SPOONFEST in two weeks time!

Check out the facebook page for more details on the MMAF process..

Monday, 15 July 2013

Away adventuring..

I've been away! I've done more things and met more people over the past couple of months than I could ever possibly fit in a single blog post, so you can expect a few over the coming days....

My adventures begin one gloomy Friday evening in April, sprawled on my sofa on my laptop getting absolutely nothing done, as I've been doing for most of the year. On a whim I started composing an email to someone who needs no introduction, Mike Abbott... A few hours later I received my reply.

Sure thing, I'd love to have you, how does Monday sound?!

And so within 48 hours I was packed and away to the woods, and I've been busy ever since. It's been a marvellous roller-coaster of playing with sharp things, meeting great people and all round fun and shenanigans..

I had a wonderful group for my first course, and they made some amazing chairs (with expert advice, of course!).

As well as making progress on my own first chair, I also got roped into re-seating an old chair of Mike's...

Although a little time-consuming, it was wonderfully challenging to my brain as well as my dexterity. I'm hooked.

Before I'm allowed to join the Seat Weaving Society of East Herefordshire, I have to start wearing glasses and a bushy grey beard.. I wonder if I could get away with a knitted one?!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Bowl Carving

I've always fancied being able to use an adze. Especially since I've been doing more spooncarving it's seemed to be a very valuable skill - when used properly it it is to a spoon knife what an axe is to a straight knife. So when Rob had a spare space on one of his courses, and I had an empty week I jumped at the chance.

 It was a lovely group and we produced some stunning work, as well as learning some pretty handy techniques - including adzing, hurrah! I'm expecting my spooncarving to now speed up by roughly 182%

I also discovered a new tool which I found rather enjoyable-

A beautifully sharp chisel and some beautifully clean green lime wood results in one of the most pleasurable woodchip-making experiences I have ever had.

At the end of day three I've produced two bowls and a heck of a lot of blisters.

The first bowl was relatively simple, and primarily a learning experience. The second one was an attempt to copy a bowl which has lived in my kitchen for many years now, and I find very pleasing. A duck bowl. I'm very happy with both, and shall be going to bed tonight sore but satisfied!