Welcome to the shop!
Almost all of my work is commissioned, rather than having items in stock, and orders will be filled in the order they come in.
To order some spoons, just be in touch with what you would like. I will add it to the list, and mail it to you when it is done. You send me a check. When you reach out I will give you a sense of the time frame. My waiting list sometimes runs many months. I am currently booking the end of April 2020.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live overseas or you cannot do checks, I can send you a Square invoice (like Paypal but a different company) for payment with a credit card, but I add a couple dollars to account for the percentage Square takes, so you'll save a couple bucks paying with a check if you can.
I try very hard to keep my prices as low as possible, in part because I want my work to be affordable to everyone, and in part because I want my spoons to be USED, not hung on a wall because they are too precious. Prices listed are retail: for wholesale prices, please be in touch.
While I follow general forms with each type of spoon, I do not use patterns and I will change shapes somewhat based on the opportunities and limitations presented by a particular piece of wood. Pieces will also differ in their grain. If you want a spoon that looks like a particular piece I have already made, send me a picture of it and I will see what I can do.
Shipping and handling costs for a spoon or two are generally as follows:
Within the US: $6
UK and elsewhere: $18-25, depending
If you are ordering more or if I'm unsure about the shipping cost, I will simply wait until I ship to give you the grand total for the check, and add on whatever the shipping turns out to be.
A word on wood.
I carve mostly cherry and birch. I sometimes carve maple or beech or walnut if I can get my hands on some that is the right quality. Most of what you see here is cherry because it carves easily but takes a crisp finish. If you would like a particular wood within these constraints, please let me know.
I also offer spoon blanks as a service to fellow spooncarvers. These can be cookers, eaters or scoops (or really any of the shapes I do) and are generally of cherry or birch. You can choose either finished blanks (ready for carving) or raw blanks (with the crank axed in and an outline drawn but still needing axework). Blanks are $5 each plus shipping, and often the most efficient way to order them is to have me fill a medium flat rate box, which fits 10-20, depending on the shape. Most people just order a box of 15 in a mix of shapes, but you are welcome to be as specific as to the number and shape as you like.
When you receive blanks from me, they will be wrapped loosely in plastic. Any you don't intend to carve right away, stick in your freezer. Ones you are currently carving or plan to carve within a week can be stored in plastic in the fridge. You can thaw blanks easily by soaking or running under the tap for a few minutes when you want them.
I have a new offering, which is the Spoon of the Month Club! Every month I will make a special set of spoons, all the same design, of either a new design or one of my lesser known forms. To be on the list to get one of these spoons each month, just be in touch. There is no obligation to a set timeframe, you can join or leave whenever you want. The club is $20 plus shipping per month. There are already several dozen people in the club, and I am excited to use it as an opportunity to introduce new forms to my repertoire.