A wooden spoon carving day was held in Lochinver on 27th February. Birch coppiced from a local croft was sawed, whittled and worked on using traditional tools. The idea was to use the wood sustainably in a simple and safe way. The philosophy being ‘the less reliance on machinery and electricity, the greater the opportunity for craftsmanship’. Gradually through the day the blocks of wood were turned into spoons. Chris Goodman guided everyone though the finer points of gouging and tapering. Lots of fun was had and most people managed to make two spoons. At the end of the day not only were beautiful objects made but also useful ones. One spoon was even finished in time to eat soup with at lunch.
A similar day is planned for Achiltibuie on 9th April, and hopefully in Elphin too. Romany