I don’t know when I started carving spoons. I certainly know that I have learned a lot the hard way. How not to hold a spoon when gouging out the bowl to avoid gouging your hand, how much easier it is to carve “green” wood and how important it is to have sharp tools at your disposal. I have a log of every spoon I have carved and to whom each one was given, a few are in the house, as gifts to my wife Melissa, but most are in other people’s hands.

I am certain there are better ways to do it then the process I’ve adopted and I know that what I most get out of the process, beyond the finished spoon, is that time to just focus on creating something with my hands.

For me this was particularly important at this time in this pandemic. Focusing on a task that I could control in an afternoon, that had no one else’s opinion to consider, wasn’t going to significantly affect anyone in a direct way and did not require attending a Zoom meeting, was exactly what I needed most.

It isn’t perfect by any means, I’ve held many that are much better, and it is something that I value of mine, reflecting my efforts and resulting in something functional and lasting. I have learned a great deal more in my first year as HOS as a result of the situation we have found ourselves in and I will always remember this spoon as my action to get back some of the normalcy that was lost over the past few months.