my journey so far....

S P O O N making

I love the idea of being able to create something functional using wood that we would otherwise burn as firewood...using simple techniques, a few hand tools and my bare hands.... I'm just a beginner but here's some snippets of my spoon journey so far... X

The shed and my bench...it's my happy place where I can just lose a few hours creating....

Carving out the bowl of the spoon is my favourite part! ... Firstly I draw a rough design on either sawn or rough cut timber I've split with an axe, then carve the bowl using a gouge to get to the desired shape and depth...

I then place the timber in the vice and cut around the shape of the spoon with a coping saw...Using my carving knife I carefully shape and remove unwanted areas...

I sand until it's smooth and no sign of any rough bits...food safe oil can be applied if desired at this point...

Found some freshly cut red gum hardwood in our wood stack....

My favourites so far!

First attempt at some easy to carve birch....

I love their individuality and imperfections, rustic was always going to be my style!

Until I get some more free time....x

Thanks for dropping by! X All photos taken using my #iphoneonly #vscocam Find my on Instagram www.instagram.com/mysuburbanfarm #diy #creative #handmade #woodcarving #spoonmaking #stelleraustralia #girlpower #seewhatisee #slowliving #madebyme

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  • _housefrau

    Wow, so beautiful Ainslee! And love your happy place! ❀️

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Aww! Thanks Sabine, I wish I could spent a lot more time in there creating...work gets in the way of a good time I tell you!! XπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜˜ @_housefrau

  • coppernotes

    I love that you're doing this - these pieces are beautiful! And to create something functional that you can use and enjoy - with this wonderful tactile quality. It's great to see the process behind the pieces. And your shed! 😳❀️ Love it! X

  • annld60

    You are amazing. I love the creativity. Your carving is great. I love the photography and the spoons. And the fact you have different shoes on in each picture. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’›

  • LeTortediToni

    So clever! That makes Christmas presents very easy for you! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  • jennyfriend

    This is gorgeous

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Aww! Thanks heaps as always Ann for your more than generous support, let's hope my hands hold up and I can keep creating more!!πŸ˜œπŸ‘‹πŸΌXx @annld60

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Yes too true!! Just need to get a heap of free time and get carvingπŸ™ˆ...time...oh how I wish I could find more of you⏰! @LeTortediToni

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much, I'm such a newbie at spoon carving but I'm enjoying teaching myself! XπŸ™‹πŸΌ @Cricketlabelle

  • SaplingChild

    Hun! This is fantastic! What a beautiful skill...x

  • prairiegirl

    dearest Ainslee ... how I have loved being in your shop with you, watching the skillful steps through your beautiful images and words. how I would love to be there in person to chat while you carve and to feel your craft in my hand ~ even stir a cuppa! β™‘ you are amazing and truly an inspiration ... xxo

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much lovely one, it's fun giving new things a go! XπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌ @SaplingChild

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Aeleen! How I wish you were closer, I can only imagine the beauties you'd create, how lovely would it be to carve away a few hours in the shed together, chatting and laughing...that would be heaven✨ I'm yet to test their stirring capabilities in hot water..I'm scared they could crack!!! What a nightmareπŸ™ˆ...I must give it a go to check!!! Love to you and happy Friday XxxπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜˜ @prairiegirl

  • rosiryder

    Amazing work... Catching up with stellar , been so busy and missing it... Lovely ainslee....❀️❀️

  • Kardemomme

    This is my favourite story so far Ainslee! The spoons are so beautiful! You are so creative and I love to see photos from your workplace. Everything is so inspiring and beautiful! πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»βœ¨πŸ’•

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much Rosie! I'm having trouble keeping up at the moment too!!πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜œπŸ‘‹πŸΌXx @rosiryder

  • mysuburbanfarm

    I wish you were closer and we could hangout in the shed creating together Benedicte! How much fun that would be! Hope you're well lovely one I'm having trouble keeping up with everything at the moment, life is just too busy! Love to you dear friend πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜˜πŸ™πŸΌXX @Kardemomme

  • LapinBlu

    So beautiful! I really need to get me some tools & do this more, my first attempt was so calming x

  • Kardemomme

    I was thinking the same Ainslee! πŸ˜ƒIt would be perfect to have you in my neighborhood! ☺️ I could bring pies and tea and you could teach me making spoons! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•Much love from Norway this saturday evening! πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜˜πŸ’•

  • byfrlsonntag

    This is absolutely gorgeous dear Ainslee and how much would i love to sit by your sideπŸ™ŒπŸ»β€οΈ

  • kanch

    So beautiful! I'm so envious of this, Ainslee... It's something I've wanted to learn to make for such a long time! ❀️❀️ hope you've been well, gorgeous girl xxz

  • mysuburbanfarm

    I'm still fumbling my way and making plenty of mistakes, but I must say Simone I'm just a little addicted! How I'd love that my dear friend, I'm sure we'd get nothing done! I could light the wood fired oven in the shed and you could whip something yum up while I carve you a spoonπŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ™‹πŸΌXxπŸ‘‹πŸΌ @byfrlsonntag

  • mysuburbanfarm

    You must do it lovely one its just so rewarding! A little hard work but just so satisfying Kanch! Hope you're well lovely one xxxπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸΌ @kanch

  • HooverSuzy

    I love this :)

  • savoryspoons

    Beautifully done ! πŸ‘ŒπŸ½βœ¨

  • renukostyle

    Inspiring! Such beauty in so simple an object.

  • siouxree

    so wonderful!!

  • MatannaKatz

    This is sooo incredibly beautiful!! πŸ˜„πŸ™ŒπŸ» Your spoons are stunning! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŒΏ xo

  • slow_design

    πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ inspiring story and your spoons are simply beautiful Amy!

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much for the support lovely friends..sorry about my very late reply it's getting busy around here!!🌲✨Xx @HooverSuzy @savoryspoons @renukostyle @siouxree @MatannaKatz @slow_design

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much Bee, it's quite addictive! πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ’—X @thebeecreative

  • talkevergreen

    @mysuburbanfarm I can see why it is your happy place! Lovely! Xx

  • mysuburbanfarm

    It's a great place to spend a few hours, thanks lovely one πŸ™‹πŸΌβœ¨X @talkevergreen

  • ninagraceless

    Excellent! Our friend @johnstoffer enjoys making spoons, too. Looks like a great skill to hone!

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks Nina! It's just a little bit addictive😜...yesterday I made a few crochet hooks and knitting needles for funπŸ˜†...even though I hate knitting!!!πŸ™ŠX @ninagraceless

  • pmd

    such a cool craft #steller2016

  • mysuburbanfarm

    It's a heap of fun @pmd !πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌ #steller2016

  • iloveutah

    Love it

  • Tessfra

    So beautiful !!

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Thanks so much! Sorry about my late reply! XπŸ™‹πŸΌ @Tessfra @iloveutah

  • tamzentemple

    Wow. Beautiful art form and craftsmanship

  • adiandbert

    Wonderful Ainslee! Finally also get to see inside your awesome studio shed ;) Are you selling your spoons at markets?

  • mysuburbanfarm

    Aww, thanks Claudia! I must say I've got a little side tracked from spoons and have now moved to crochet hooks!! I'll get back to them soon but no they're too time consuming to sell, and hard work because they're aged timbers! I prefer to use them for gifts! XxxπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ˜˜ @adiandbert

  • kirstyinitaly

    Beautiful stuff, really inspirational!

  • kirstyinitaly

    @graindesign Lovely spoons, take a look

  • cuordicarciofo

    Beautiful 😍😍

  • jnemitz

    Love the post! I also make wood spoons. Great way to pass time and be creative.

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