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Intricately Hard-Carved Wooden Spoons Pay Homage to Nature with Decorative Handles

Craftsman Giles Newman expresses a love for nature through the art of spoon carving. Using centuries-old sculpting techniques with an axe and knife, he chisels exquisite flowers, majestic animals, and graceful winged creatures along the handle of each wooden utensil. The one-of-a-kind pieces showcase an incredible amount of detail, depicting characteristics as delicate as petals and feathers. Although they're designed and treated for food use, they're best displayed as original works of art.

Trained as a graphic designer and photographer, Newman originally took up the craft as something to do while staying in the forests of North Wales. “The woodland supplied me with plenty of timber to learn and experiment with,” he told the Woodworkers Institute, “and over the 10 years or so of spending regular weekends out there I suppose I gained in confidence with the basics of hand carving and whittling.”

Newman only recently took his work seriously when a family friend saw it and suggested he make more. “Excited by the prospect, I started to plan my first ‘art' spoons. By the New Year I had sold my first couple of spoons and was rapidly evolving the decorative aspect of my carvings.” Now, he practices on his craft every day (while maintaining a job as a graphic designer) and sells selection of the spoons through his Etsy shop.

Giles Newman: Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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