I first and foremost have always considered myself to be a dirt farmer using various methods and preparations to enhance and enliven the vitality and bioavailability of nutrients in fertile living soils. My other studies and passions also include mycology, the healing properties of various plant medicines, exploring culinary arts for healing and sharing delicious nourishments.
During my apprenticeship in Tuscany at the Windfire School of Tantric Yoga, I was gifted a set of carving tools that lead me to re-explore a childhood hobby of spoon carving. With these poor quality tools I at first created nothing but time consuming kindling but with my first few finished works, these pieces of functional beauty helped me acquire a fierce passion for the craft.
Since then, I have sought out blacksmiths who forge high quality tools solely for the purpose of carving spoon, bowls and kuksas. I am taken by a great joy in the creative artistry of working with a wide variety of woods to make useful quality utensils. I feel there is still a lifelong journey ahead of me in the mastery of myself through the creation of these works of functional beauty. Spoon carving has become both a spiritual practice and a source of income that I can take with me wherever I may go. This current practice is consistent with my love of exploring nature, working with my hands, focusing the mind and supporting the elimination of single use plastic utensils for as many people as I can carve a spoon for their daily use.