I love wood; making things out of it, sawing it, chopping it, carrying logs, nailing it, building animal houses, being in the woods themselves, foraging for firewood, looking closely at the trees and the numerous life forms they support.
I'm not that good at working with it, though, and definitely need a lot more practice, but it's something I really enjoy. This year, I want to get on with some spoonmaking, some buttons and would love to get as far as building us a pole lathe in the garden and having a go on that. Why not? Anything is possible..........
To this end, my tools are laid out on the kitchen table ready to make a start on my first spoon. I'm looking forward to having a go, and if it's vaguely spoon-shaped at the end of it, then that'll be a bonus!
I have a few books on the subject, my favourite one at the moment is Country Woodworker, by Jack Hill. I've had this book for many years now, and often just sit and look at the pictures - homely, evocative, inviting, inspiring.
This is the sort of bed I'd like for our room when we eventually get around to giving it an overhaul:
This, however, is my woody ambition for this year:
Soem wooden spoons, handmade by me, and a rack to keep them in. A bit ambitious for a novice like me, but I'm the eternal optimist, me. :)I'll have a lot of fun and learn a lot whilst trying.
Hopefully I'll have something to report back soon.