A look into my design process
When you’re is looking to making lots of spoons, it is inevitable that eventually you’re drawn towards narrowing down on specific designs. The reasons for this being twofold. Firstly because if you know a spoon inside out and exactly what cuts it take you to find that spoon inside your piece of tree it becomes immensely faster. The second being because it gives you the chance to refine your design. To iron out all the wrinkles and make it awesome for using and looking at.
At the moment I’m going through that process. Getting back into the spoon game. Trying to get my speed up and find my ultimate spoon.
I started by carving a bunch of spoons. Without much particular thought. Quite a slow process, because I’m not sure where I’m going. Just exploring.
Then I ask myself, which are my favourites? Which could I see myself carving over and over again, searching for spoon perfection?
The answer has already presented itself to me. One of my patterns has begun to repeat itself. What do I do now? I repeat it some more.
These three quickly joined the first. I allow some minor differentiation, not completely rigid in carving the same things every time. Then I can put them together and ask myself again – which is my favourite? Which one immediately jumps out at me? And why is that? What is it that I like about it which I should replicate?
At this point I often ask advice from any spoony friends or relatives as well. I’ll hand them all to them and ask them to pick a favourite. And tell me why.
The one in the middle jumped out at me this time. It took a while to work out why, but eventually I narrowed it down to the slight concave in the curves down the handle, and the not overly thin neck, plus the slightly wider top.
These next few haven’t dried or been oiled yet. I suspect they shall reveal more about themselves when they have been. For now I am happy to carry on. They’re consistently pretty good. If I carry on a way longer another spoon might leap out from the bunch and let me know where to develop – or avoid! -next.
These couple were from a bit of slightly shorter tree which didn’t quite want to end up as the others. So they deviated. I quite like them. Maybe some more might happen the same.
And last but not least, one thing that has jumped out at me about the latest batch, a steeper ‘kick’ at the end of the handle, inspired somewhat by Owen Thomas‘ dolphin spoons, is emerging and feels rather nice to the hand. Another one to be explored..
I would love to see the rest of you go out there and develop some beautiful designs of your own, perhaps taking bits of influence from here and there, but ultimately developing something you can truly call your own. And maybe my words will have been of some use. I hope so. Let me know how it goes!
And maybe there’ll be more posts along these lines before too long, as my designs develop even further..