The Leaf Spoon 🌿 Carving this spoon is when I really began to think about how I want to approach wood carving. What are my values? Our family has been seeking a minimalistic lifestyle for the past three years and increasingly, many others are too. There is a newly found (or perhaps, rediscovered) appreciation for quality over quantity, uniqueness over mass production, and connection over anonymity. Green woodwork allows me to be true to my values. It begins at the source, and that is with the tree or salvaged pieces from tree-lopping businesses that would otherwise be consigned to the woodchipper. Each piece of wood is different, and beauty can be found in the imperfections.
Hello wonderful people! 🌻 Inspired by my beautiful friend @sallyflannery, I decided to introduce myself. So, this is me, Talitha! The face behind this wood carving feed 🌿 I am soon-to-be 25 years old, live in Tasmania (Australia), have two very playful daughters ages 5 (Regina) & 6-months (Andie), am married to my best friend of 9 years (married for 4 years), graduated uni as a primary school educator last year, and have decided to pursue my love for greenwood handcarving since!
I have always had a passion for art and working with wood. My earliest memories as a child were climbing on my father's tree lopping trucks and loving the smell of freshly cut wood. I was always outside and happiest when creating with my hands. Throughout high school I was so excited to work on Art projects that you wouldn't see me for a couple of days as I busily worked away in my room and forgot the time of day (or night!). My bedroom would be filled with plenty of sunlight, plants and interesting things. Creativity and nature have always been major parts of me 🌻
Towards the end of last year my husband realised just how important creating was to me and wanted to support my passion. I always wanted to learn carpenty but it was not very practical whilst renting in a small unit and with young kids. I then discovered a spoon carver in Tassie, @phoenixcreationstas. I followed his feed for a while and fell in love with the art of spoon carving! 🍃 As soon as I completed my degree my husband bought me my first gouge. I began sketching my ideas whilst baby-wearing. A few months later there was an Art Trail event on with the opportunity to see David's work in-person. Desperately wanting to go, we drove an hour with an unsettled newborn and very car-sick four-year-old. We almost turned back after 15 minutes due to all the crying, vomiting and traffic (luckily I have a very supportive husband & daughter!). The moment I stepped into Phoenix Creations, all childhood desires and young adult searching years came together in that moment.
I have only carved a few spoons so far but I know this is the direction I'm meant to head in & am passionate to learn, create & share this journey with you all!