I have used Jon's book Living Willow Sculpture many times over the years so it was with excitement that I first met the man behind the book and especially to discover that he had such wide ranging green wood working and rural skills. It was also good to here that he had moved to mainland Scotland and even more when he agreed to teach a spoon carving workshop. (Kate Sankey)
I started working with green wood over 16 years ago at Bradfield Woods in Suffolk, gaining experience of coppicing and coppice crafts, and demonstrating rural skills such as charcoal burning and pole lathe turning to the public.
Since then I have developed a range of green woodworking skills and coppice crafts from making greenwood chairs and silver birch beds to small carvings such as spoons and spatulas.
I also work with willow, most recently leading two willow projects in Orkney schools and making a sculptural willow fence in Toronto with Stephanie Bunn. I wrote “Living Willow Sculpture” several years ago and am now working on a second book, “The Willow Garden.”
I teach rustic furniture making at various venues, including West Dean College in Sussex and at the Green Wood Trust in Shropshire and make indoor and outdoor furniture to commission.
I have been carving spoons since working at Bradfield woods, inspired by Eric Rogers and more recently with Wille Sundqvist a renowned Swedish carver.
I enjoy both traditional and freeform carving and love the portability, minimalist tool kit and easy availability of materials needed for spoon carving. It is a great green woodworking activity on a small scale.
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