Inspiration

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In Norse Mythology, Odin, desiring the knowledge of the ancients goes to Mímisbrunnr to drink from Mimir’s well. To drink from the well, Odin must sacrifice one of his eyes. In the same way, in order to understand history we must put out our modern eye and see with the perspectives of the time.

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I am inspired by past ways of life and artifacts and hope that it has had an impact on my own craft. I love the Mayan script, and have been greatly influenced by it in my carving.

This latest spoon contains Egyptian, Mayan, and Swedish elements.

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This spoon is layed out with the oblong bowl typical of Ancient Egyptian spoons.

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The green wood yields readily to my gouge even in this Hornbeam blank.

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Here is the spoon after the ax work. I’ve learned to be bold and cut very near to the layout.

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Refinements are made with the knife and the blank must dry before the final carving.

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Here is the finished spoon with a carving inspired by Mayan script.

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About Anthony Wilder

I am an artisan woodworker from Grand Rapids, MI. Woodworking is my passion and I do all my work with hand tools. We can learn a lot from past methods and mindsets and I am working towards teaching the lost art of working wood.
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