About Me

I love wood! What other substance grows from a tiny seed into a structure that touches the clouds, yet when carved into a tiny wood spoon, is warm to hold, quiet, durable and smooth? Eating utensils surely were first made of wood; primitive, rough in structure and crude in design. This dichotomy fascinates me, and I never cease to marvel at the difference between the branch and the finished spoon. It is comforting and satisfying to carve a shiny kitchen utensil from a plain, perhaps muddy, piece of wood, not discovering until it's completed what it will look like. The number of different woods in the world is beyond count, which means that I am always surprised at the organic, curvy, polished spoon that comes from my gouge, as I try to incorporate bumps, knots, holes and bark into a finished piece.

I grew up on a cattle ranch, so hanging around barns, cows, horses, campfires, forests and woodpiles is my upbringing. I did not discover spoon carving until later in life, but I come from a family of wood workers, so I should have known. Carving is a quiet, meditative craft, so it's one I can do while sitting beside a river, backpacking or lounging in the sun on our deck. When my grandchildren began asking me to carve them a spoon, I realized this craft could benefit others, so through Barley Seed Woodcraft, most net profits from my work are given away to those who have short-term emergency financial needs in my community. That my spoon carving benefits others brings me joy and purpose, and just confirms the wonder of how a plain piece of wood can become a simple, useful eating tool, or a stunning piece of art!.