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Curly Questions - Adam Ashworth

Adam Ashworth is the founder of Ash & Iron and we are so excited to have been able to pick his brain for Curly Questions this month. Adam is a green woodworker and tool maker. We first noticed his hand forged sloyds on instagram and are so very excited to have a small amount in stock for you.

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Curly Questions - Rachel and Polly

Paul (aka Polly) and Rachel are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. I first met them at Spoon Jam when I purchased one of Polly's spoon mules. From there the conversation flowed and we have kept in touch ever since. Polly and Rachel are both equally passionate about green woodworking and we thought them perfect as the first participants in our Curly Questions series. We hope you enjoy reading their responses as much as we did!  Details about Polly's handmade Spoon Mules and how to order can be found here.   1. How did you get into green wood working and spoon carving? Polly: I am a first aid trainer with St John Ambulance and one day there was this...

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Carving out time for Creativity

In the Wood Tamer house we all enjoy being creative in one form or another.  So at least one afternoon every weekend (ideally both days) we put down whatever we are doing and the whole family meets in the lounge room to carve, paint, draw, sew, craft or do whatever is taking our interest presently. Our has daughter dubbed this time 'Arternoons'. There are so many benefits we get from our Arternoons. Spending time quietly creating together as a family helps us to stay connected. Whilst creating, we might be chatting or listening to music or a podcast. By making it regular part of our weekend routine we get to be creative more often. In a world where we are always...

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Sourcing Wood for Spoon Carving

When I began my spoon carving journey, I was enthralled with videos of carvers in the UK and US sitting amongst woodlands quietly whittling by the fire. Using Axe and Knife they carved out beautiful creations from Birch, Poplar and Sycamore.  Carving in Australia is a very different story. Our trees are known to be much harder than on other continents and the high tannins in our sap are more taxing on our tools.

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