I have been remiss with my blog and website! It's not that I haven't been busy - quite the contrary! I actually had an especially productive year last year. But that's no excuse, so I'll be better about reporting on my projects and adventures this year!
Meanwhile, here's a little bit of a recap.
First, through the summer, I worked very hard to build up my inventory, including several fun new designs, to attend my first ever North American Festival of Wales on Labor Day weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. I went with a total of 25 spoons, along with several pens and keychains (small turned items). Here's a picture of my table:
I actually shared two tables with fellow lovespoon carver Chris Watkins. Chris and his family weren't there on the first day of the festival, so my table overflowed a little. Chris is Welsh-born, but lives in Wooster, Ohio now. I actually did my very first show as a guest carver at his booth a few years ago. He was actually one of the first people to encourage me to make and offer lovespoons to the public. It was a treat to get to show with him again!
The 2012 North American Festival of Wales (aka. NAFOW) will be held in Scranton, PA on Labor Day weekend. I'll be spending most of this year replenishing my inventory for that event, along with finishing up a few remaining commissions from 2011.
After the 2011 NAFOW event, I had a few prior commissions to finish, some of which were a little different, and very fun. One, for example, was commissioned by the Welsh Society of Central Ohio for a couple of retiring long-time board members. It turned out to be among my favorite spoons.
It's made from cherry, and has a Daffodil and a Thistle to represent their Welsh and Scottish backgrounds, with a base of Leeks, also representing the Welsh.
There were so many other spoons and adventures, but I've already rambled for quite long enough, so I'll just show you a few of the more interesting new designs from later last year...
Well, I think that's enough for now. I think I'll be back in a few days, to talk about a spoon I'm just finishing up now. For once, I've been trying to remember to take pictures throughout the process (well, I remembered to start doing that about half-way through, anyway). I know I've been asked about the process many times, so.... this should be a good one for illustrating that.