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My name is Eddie, and the woodenware at Sap Is Rising is handcrafted by me. I carve spoons, other kitchen utensils and homeware using my hands and a few simple tools. In most cases, I source my wood from fallen trees that would otherwise rot and return to the earth. I simply take the wood on a short detour, giving it a new life in someone’s home.

To make one of my products, I cut a small log with a saw and begin the process of creating a form with a carving axe. Most of the time, I do my axing either in the woods itself, using old stumps as my axe block, or in the back garden of my home studio.

Once I create a rough shape with the axe, work with the knives begins. I use two types of knife – a hook knife, which has a curved shape and is used to hollow the bowls of spoons, and a sloyd knife, which is used on all other parts of a form. Everything is carved in hand, and I use special knife grips and carving techniques to keep my fingers safe. A very sharp knife can leave an almost polished finish on wood, so I do not use any sandpaper. Instead, after the carving is complete and the wood has dried, I burnish the wood with a smooth stone. This presses any exposed fibres closed, creating an even smoother finish.

Finally, I coat each piece with food grade tung oil. This is a curing oil that creates a hard, water-resistant surface. I apply three coats of oil, with each layer being allowed to cure before the next is added.

With my products, I hope to inspire reverence for the earth by bringing natural, functional, and beautiful objects into people’s homes.

Each wooden item that I carve is unique – the patterns in the grain vary due to the position the spoon occupied in the log, and the nature of the tree itself.

Eating with a wooden spoon is a real treat – clanking sounds of metal against ceramic are replaced with soft, resonant taps; the weight of the spoon is so light it feels like an extension of your hand; the spoon easily slips out of your mouth because of the way the thickness of the bowl tapers towards the tip. Using woodenware connects you with the earth.



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