So here is spoon 52, carved from a piece of ash from a tree that blew down a couple of days before Christmas.
My wife suggested that, since the first spoon of my 52 had been gold-leafed, that I do the same for the last, so here it is in all its shimmery 24 carat glory.
|Not my best letter carving, but that ash is really tough stuff - |
which means lots of slips and opportunities to cut myself if I'm not careful.
|That knot gave me a bit of trouble and actually fell out when I was finishing off the bowl|
and I had to glue it back in with PVA.
|Not sure why this photo is upside down, but Blogger wont let me edit it.|
So what am I going to do now with all those spoons?
This isn't all of the 52 spoons that I posted about over the year - there were a few that I gave away as gifts or sold and I've included a couple that I didn't post, but it's about my output for the year, give or take the odd spoon, spreader or spatula. It's strange to look back at some of my earlier spoons, spoons that I remember feeling particularly proud of but that now don't look so good and that if I produced now would end up on my 'unsatisfactory' pile.
People have asked me what I'll do now - I don't really know. I'd like to concentrate on a few designs that I can perfect and produce to a consistently good standard. I'd like to organise a bit of a Midlands Spoon Meet, which I've talked about with Rob and Julian so watch this space for further details.
I'm not sure, now that I've completed the year's challenge, whether there's any point keeping this blog going - I can always put my work on my other blog, but I haven't quite decided yet.
Either way, have a great New Year and carve some spoons - its incredibly therapeutic and satisfying.