OK this post is for my friends the geek spooncarvers of the world, there are not many of us and this post will be of no interest to anyone else so apologies for that, for those of us in the know it has a lot of meaning. Wille sundqvist is the grand old man of the spooncarving world. His book “swedish carving techniques” was a seminal work that inspired many of us 20 years ago and we have gone on to teach and spread the word to an ever growing audience. His influence has been huge. Most of us carve spoons as part of a range of woodworking activity but a few years ago my mate Barn Carder decided he was going to concentrate solely on spoons and he quickly got to be better than anyone in the UK. But what would Wille think of his spoons? At Taljfest I encouraged him to get his spoons out for Wille and we all waited with baited breath.
Well it passed the visual inspection and now gets the ultimate test, if a spoon doesn’t pass this test it’s no good.