12 episodes

Conversations with greenwoodworkers, spoon carvers, bowl turners, tool makers and craftspeople from around the world.

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Conversations with greenwoodworkers, spoon carvers, bowl turners, tool makers and craftspeople from around the world.

    Episode 11 - Magnus Sundelin

    Episode 11 - Magnus Sundelin

    Join us for this wonderful chat with the one and only, Magnus Sundelin aka Sloyd Magnus. We get into the lifelong journey of sloyd for Magnus, starting with whittling in the woods alongside his grandfather, and the long circuitous path that lead him to where he is today as part crafts teacher, green woodworker and tool maker. We get deep into the philosophy of what sloyd means to Magnus, to culture, and to humanity at large. We get into the weeds with his passion for blacksmithing and tool making and his approach to designing and making the best tools he can. We also learn about Magnus' favorite type of music and how that has imprinted his work in an iconic way. Magnus is a humble and talented craftsman with a deep connection to the craft, it's lineage, nature, and the future of it going forward. We hope you enjoy this chat!

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Mocotaugan (Bent Knife) Book

    Nic Westerman

    Adrian Lloyd

    Spoonfest

    Scottish Spoon Hoolie

    Täljfest

    Jane Mickelborough

    • 2 hrs 25 min
    Episode 10 — Fred Livesay

    Episode 10 — Fred Livesay

    Join us for a lovely chat with the savvy sloyder, Fred Livesay. We learn about his journey through the realms of handcraft starting from the ripe young age of 7, and the decades of exploration and experience he's embarked on since. We chat about the deep influence of Scandinavian wood working tradition in his work, the philosophy of handcraft and handmade utilitarian objects, immigrant culture and mindsets regarding materials, and some of the finer points of what it means to be a craftsperson beyond the realms of social media and internet algorithms. We also get some history on the beginning of folk schools and the history of North House Folk School. It's a sneak peek into Fred's mind, with heaps of subtle wisdom from a skilled craftsman who has spent most of his life immersed in the realms of working wood by hand.

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Frederick Grundvig and the beginning of folk schools

    Danebod Folk School

    Video about Danebod Folk School

    Vesterheim

    Tensegrity

    Oak: The Frame of Civilization

    Martin Hazell on St. Peter Damian

    Mike Loeffler

    Fred's class at Vesterheim later this summer: Unraveling the Knot Basket: Investigating the Scandinavian Knutkorg

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Episode 09 — Reid Schwartz

    Episode 09 — Reid Schwartz

    Join us fo this information packed chat with the maestro of metal, Reid Schwartz. We learn about his journey from art school to cabinet shop and his passion for metal working that was sparked early on, the video of a Russian ladle carver that blew his mind, his experience learning to make birch bark canoes, and the slew of friends, figures, and mentors who inspired him along the way. Reid is a fantastic storyteller and shares insights into what drives him and his approach to tool making and craft, plus we get a bit more technical at the end for those wishing to take a deeper plunge.

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Tim Manney

    César's Canoe

    Wood Tools

    Jean-José Tritz

    Tool Making for Woodworkers

    • 2 hrs 21 min
    Episode 08 — Mike Abbott

    Episode 08 — Mike Abbott

    Join us for a lovely chat with the Godfather of Green Woodworking in the UK, none other than Mike Abbott. We hear about Mike's journey to the craft starting in the early 1980's and the long winding road that led him to establishing Living Woods Training in 1985. He shares countless stories of all the folks he has met along the way, inspiring, guiding, and encouraging him to forge ahead preserving and passing on dying skills and traditions. It's a recount of 30+ years building a green woodworking movement, teaching hundreds of students , and establishing a far flung legacy. We really enjoyed our chat with Mike and are excited to capture and share his story. Enjoy!

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Tamsin Abbott

    Nick Gibbs

    Quercus Magazine

    Woodland Crafts in Britain by Herbert Edlin

    St Fagans National Museum of History

    Traditional Spooncarving in Wales by Gwyndaf Breese

    Welsh Stick Chairs by John Brown

    Drew Langsner

    Jack Hill

    Dave Sawyer

    Stuart King

    Don Weber

    Jennie Alexander

    Mike Abbott’s transhumance

    Veritas Tapered Tenon Cutter

    The Lumber Horse

    Daniel Mack

    Owen Jones

    Nick Abbott

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 07 — Owen Thomas

    Episode 07 — Owen Thomas

    Join us for this in-depth conversation with bowl turner, spoon carver, and all-around crafty fellow, Owen Thomas. He shares his journey from commercial woodworker to sloyd craftsman over the past decade—we learn about the initial exposure that sparked his interest, his time learning from Mike Abbott, apprenticing with Barn the Spoon, and creating a livelihood as a green woodworker. We got into his unique approach to spoon carving, his passion for the pole lathe, and his venture into increasing his production of turned objects using a Japanese-style electric lathe. This chat covers a lot of ground and gives you insight into Owen's passion for his craft. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Mike Abbott

    Ben Orford

    Robin Wood

    Barn the Spoon

    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Episode 06 — Yoav Elkayam

    Episode 06 — Yoav Elkayam

    Enjoy this chat with the inimitable Yoav Elkayam. He shares the story of his journey into green woodworking and pole lathe turning and all of the places, experiences, and people that helped him along the way. We get into some of the nitty gritty of making a living as a craftsperson in the modern age, the challenges and benefits of social media, his life at Brookhouse Woods—where he, his partner, and daughter live in an off-grid cabin—and a whole slue of tangential subjects. We also delve into some of the details of end grain pole lathe turning, tools of the trade, pole lathe hook making, wood finishes, and so on. It was a real treat to get this chance to speak with Yoav and for him to share so much!

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Brookhouse Woods

    Spoonfest

    Mike Abbott

    Robin Wood

    Jane Mickelborough

    Sharif Adams

    Adam Hawker

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Livingwoodmike ,

Great company during lock-down!

It has been such a delight listening to these podcasts since I discovered them only a few days ago. Unlike TV, film or books I have been able to go about my usual routine while listening to these articulate a friendly folks - just like having some friends visiting. I’m really looking forward to listening to the whole lot - and then maybe chatting to these guys myself.

Talkin Ape ,

Delightful!

I’ve really enjoyed hearing the tales backgrounds and insights on the three episodes so far. I’ve met them all in person, but never had the opportunity for such in-depth chats. You can’t hog a person at woody festival, far too many folk for them to talk to and so much going on. So thanks very much for birthing such a cool podcast. Can’t to hear who’s next.

A-previews ,

Just what I needed to hear to slow things down

Listening to the chat with Matty has been the most perfect balance to the too muchness of the world around us at the moment. I love his work so it was great to hear him talk through how he got to where he is and the way his willingness to just go for things when it wasn’t easy is such a big part of what made him the skilled crafter he is now.

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