Friday Giveaway (Drawing Over)

In a shameless effort to promote this blog, I’ve decided to give away this hand-carved live oak spoon. Here’s how it works:

If you want to be considered for the drawing, simply leave a comment on this post stating that you’d like to be entered. You have to do it on the blog, the Facebook page doesn’t count. On Monday, I’ll count the number of comments and use a true random number generator to pick the winning entry (you didn’t think I’d just pull it out of a hat, did you?). Check back on Monday evening, and I’ll announce the winner. The spoon will be shipped to you, anywhere in the world.

UPDATE: Drawing is completed. Congratulations, Jessica!

There is just more one string attached to this drawing. No, you don’t have to follow the blog or like my Facebook page – although you’re welcome to do so. The only thing I ask is that, if you win this spoon, you have to actually use it. I hate to think I’d be sending it away to be shoved in a dusty drawer behind the flatware. This is probably the best eating spoon I’ve ever made, I think it deserves to be used.

About the spoon: As I mentioned, it’s live oak (Quercus virginiana), which is not to be confused with any of your typical white and red oaks. It does not produce the large bands of pores in the spring that make most oaks unsuitable for spoon-carving. The annual rings are barely distinguishable. This is one of my new favorite woods to carve. It’s heavy, dense, and strong, which makes it difficult to work, but also allows the wood to be carved to the scantest dimensions and still retain its strength. I think you’ll be surprised by how light the spoon is. It’s finished straight from the knife – no sanding – and retains the smooth faceted surface as evidence. It will be finished with walnut oil unless the winner has a tree nut allergy in which case I can use tung oil (you can let me know if you’re the winner).

If there’s any interest, I’m thinking of carving a few spoons to offer for sale this fall. They’ll make great gifts for that special person on your list who already has a house full of disposable plastic shit. You can also order spoons that are better than mine from Jarrod Stone Dahl or JoJo Wood if you’re interested in supporting a full-time craftsperson.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and Happy Spooning!

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38 thoughts on “Friday Giveaway (Drawing Over)

  1. Yes please! The spoon is phenomenal, I know how hard live oak is and the effort it must have taken. Please enter me for the drawing. I have followed this blog since the birth of your son.Even though I don’t comment. I will continue to follow regardless of the outcome of the giveaway. I would also save tons of plastic spoons.

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    1. Thanks fishpharmer! Shame we never had a chance to meet up when we were living in Mississippi. We missed each other narrowly a couple of times. Let me know if you’re ever in Northeast Florida!

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  2. I would be honored to take possession of one of your carvings, just thinking that I could become the stuward of your spoon, then again if I am not the chosen one, i am sure that whom ever it will be will take great pride in having it. Thanks for entering me !!!!

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    1. Persimmon would make an awesome spoon. It’s hard and dense, nearly as hard as live oak, but I suspect it would be a bit easier to carve because there are no pesky over-sized medullary rays. I should give it a try next time I’m in Athens, my Dad has plenty on his property there.

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  3. I’m a little late – busy weekend, but I think your idea of the giveaway spoon is great; not because it’s a giveaway, but because it’s a beautiful spoon carved by someone with a touch for wood. I’m not sure I’d use it if I had it, but it sure wouldn’t be stashed where it couldn’t been seen. It’s art – functional, but still art in my mind.

    I’ve never met you but I followed your posts on the Forestry Forum for quite a while. I was impressed then and continue to be here on your blog. You’re a very talented craftsman with a fine future. I wish you all the luck and will support you when and how I can.

    Also congratulations on the family!!! Please tell your wife “thank you” for letting you work with wood, and keeping us motivated.

    PS…If you can find the time, consider writing a book.

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    1. Well, thank you for the kind words, Doug! Too kind, probably. There are a number of fine craftsmen on the Forestry Forum and I’ve been fortunate to be among them for the past 10 years. I hope I’ve given back at least a portion of what I’ve gained over the years there.

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