New Moon, New Spoon, And New Workshops Coming Soon!

I can’t exactly call this spoon new as it’s been kicking around my shop for well over a year now but I’m so glad it remained because it is gorgeous! (Sometimes they become compost.)  It started out as a demo spoon.  It would accompany me to different workshops and events where I would carved here and there to show various techniques and let students explore the hardness of wood.  This Copper Rivet Serving Spoon is made from walnut wood and is a much harder wood than I usually provide for carving workshops.  Having this on hand helped educate budding spoon carvers around the hardness as a character of wood.

Anyway, this spoon has seen some hands. I can think of at least four individuals that spent considerable time with it, let alone the numerous others that whittled shavings over many months.  With time it developed its charm.  I wish I had some before photos because this piece was perpetually an ugly duckling.  The copper rivets were experimental.  I figured that drilling into this spoon was harmless because no one was attached and if things went south, no big deal.  Even with the added bling the ugly duckling prevailed.  But as many of us experienced in our youth, a little time allows us to grow into our own unique beauty.  Gouges got sanded down reminiscent of healing scares that eventually fade.  We are all a bit awkward as teens but that gradually disappears and we emerge with more refinement and a sense of maturity. A spoon is no different.  It just takes time…

Time transformed this spoon into a remarkable piece of kitchen art and it would be misleading to call it my own.  It’s everyone’s.   A community spoon, with a large bowl and sturdy handle, ready to be of service…  It was fostered beautifully by the generous hands that took the time to add influence, helping to cultivate the design.  I can 100% say this wouldn’t have happened without you!

And speaking of you, I have a couple of workshops coming soon!  The specific details are still coming together but for those of you in the New England area you might want to note the following dates:

October 17th & 18th- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI

I’ll be hosting a Grain & Grain workshop which will include two days of carving and baking.  I taught this class here many moons ago but I’ll be revisiting this fall with a fresh twist. Rather than baking bread as we’ve done in the past, we are going to be making Dutch Babies! You know I love me some Dutch Babies so just imagine my excitement when I got the spin on this request!  And ummm… have you seen the gardens at Blythwold? The location alone should be enough to catch your interest.  It’s absolutely beautiful and it’s a great privilege to be going back after so many years.

October 25th & 26th- The Plant Work Shop, Orleans, MA

Nothing like rolling off one high right? A week later I’ll be heading back to Cape Cod and teaching the Joy of Carving at one of the most organically crafty studios on the east coast!  The Plant Work Shop hosts all kinds of creative events and to be part of their fall line-up again is a dream come true!  This year we are switching things up a little with the first half happening on Friday evening and finishing up on Saturday morning, leaving room for participants to linger as necessary. The real joy of carving is the journey in recognizing your own skill to craft a useful tool from your own hands.  It’s a personal process and lends itself well as an escape from the modern distractions. Having the opportunity to spill into the next day without strict time restraints will help support the meditative qualities carving bestows while fostering a casual social environment to make some new friends. 

Long story short, these workshops are going to be fun!  Keep an eye out for tickets through both Blithewold and the Plant Work Shop as space is limited to 10 participants at each location. You can also check back here as I will continue to update you with more details on my events page as things come together.

See you soon New England!

Spring Flash Sale

Hey Friends!

For those of you that have been waiting to get your hands on some one-of-a-kind kitchen tools, now’s your chance! In honor of Spring, and marking a quarter turn around the sun, I am celebrating Nature’s New Year with a 25% off sale on the last of my 2018 inventory. Get it while the gettin’ is good! Sale ends tomorrow.

Copper Cutlery Set
126.00 168.00

First addition copper cutlery set, hand forged from salvaged scrap copper.

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Oak Serving Spoon Set
80.00

Hand carved set of serving spoons with storage pouch

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Robert Look's Memorial Service & Celebration of Life

Updated: January 15th, 2019

I continue to sincerely thank you for your love and support during this difficult time and I again apologize for the piecemeal of this post. I am happy to announce that the services are officially finalized and we look forward to celebrating his spirit on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Below Robert’s obituary you will find the revised details.

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Obituary

At the age of 86, Robert Warren Look, affectionately known as "koolbob", passed away on December 19th, 2018, in the comfort of his own home.

A memorial service and celebration of life honoring Robert will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at his family home at 603 NW 110th AVE, Coral Springs, FL 33017. Guest are invited to arrive beginning at 1:00 PM with the service commencing at 2:00 PM.

An additional flag ceremony and brief service for internment will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 FL-7, Lake Worth, FL 33449. All attendees should meet at the cemetery promptly at 12:30pm in LANE 5.

Robert’s Story…

Robert was a man of science. He grew-up in Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha’s Vineyard where he achieved high remarks in school and looked-up to the likes of Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla. The advancements of radio and technology grabbed his attention and at a young age he became an armature radio operator. Radio waves and frequencies remained an important aspect of Robert’s life and shortly after graduating from high school he joined the United States Air Force and became a Korean War Veteran. After the war he pursued fulfilling work at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Kennedy Air Force Station on Cape Canaveral where he found himself at the center of the space race during an era that helped shaped the infinite capacity of man and altered the course of human history. The Apollo and Gemini Missions as well as the infamous Lunar Landing remained vivid highlights of both his personal pride and professional career.

Following his years at Cape Canaveral, Robert moved to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean where he continued his career in science and technology where he assisted efforts in satellite and communication telemetry. His skills helped pioneer advancements in telephone communications where he eventually retired from BellSouth Telecommunications in 2005.

Robert is survived by his four children, Allison Mundry, Rob, Ashley and Miles Look, and his 8 grandchildren. He will be missed dearly, especially his quick wit and endless charm. He also claimed to be the inventor of “shorts”. May he rest in peace.

Event Details:

Memorial Service & Celebration of Life:

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

Location: 603 NW 110th AVE. Coral Springs, FL 33071

Time: Guests are invited to arrive after lunch, beginning at 1:00 PM with the service commencing at 2:00 PM and are welcome to stay for a bonfire at dusk.

Along with a brief service, this day is somewhat of an open house and guests are invited to share in music, memories, and moments to help reflect the man we hold dear. Light refreshments will be provided. Additional fare is welcome. You might also consider bringing a blanket or folding chairs to enjoy time by the water.

Memorial Flag Ceremony:

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Location: 6501 S. State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL 33449 at the South Florida National Cemetery.

Time: 12:45 PM ( All attendees must be in line at Lane 5 by 12:30 PM).

Robert served in the United States Air Force and is a veteran of the Korean War. A brief flag ceremony will be conducted in honor of his service. The partial internment of his cremated remains will be placed alongside his wife, Sandra Lynne Look in the National Cemetery.

(A private memorial will take place at a later date to scatter the last of his remains near his childhood home in Edgartown, MA on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.)

Flowers / Donations:

If you’d like to send flowers please send them to 603 NW 110th AVE. Coral Springs, FL 33071. In lieu of flowers please donate towards Alzheimer’s Association.