A great ale bowl

This is an ale bowl, a fairly plain one but one which I think is really special. The area of Wisconsin where I am staying was settled by many Scandinavians, when they came here they brought with them some portable family heirlooms and amongst those are often old ale bowls.   What is exciting is that […]

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North House Folk School

I first read about North House Folk School several years ago when I discovered their website. It seemed like an inspirational place for the teaching of traditional crafts and I marked it down as a place I needed to visit one day. The opportunity finally presented itself and last week I taught a bowlturning class […]

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Birch Bark Canoe

Tomorrow I fly to the USA to build a birch bark canoe. This is one of the worlds great traditional woodwork projects and something I have dreamed about for nearly 20 years since first seeing the film Ceasars bark canoe. That film is now available free online thanks to the National Film Board of Canada […]

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SPOONFEST

SPOONFEST tickets went on sale yesterday and I just wanted to let regular blog readers know that they are going very fast just 45 left as I write so get em fast if you want to come. It is the first and best international celebration of the carved wooden spoon. Last year we had around […]

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