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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 12 - Lee Stoffer

    Episode 12 - Lee Stoffer

    Join us for this chat with the multi-talented craftsman Lee Stoffer. We get into Lee’s first introduction to green woodworking and sloyd via the illustrious Mike Abbott, how he went from the pole lathe to spoon carving to tool making and leather work. We learn about how he came to develop his now celebrated spoon scorp. And we also get into the weeds on some of the finer points of being a self employed crafts person, marketing our craft, how social media fits into the life and business of craft, and much more. Lee is passionate about his craft and lifestyle that surrounds it, and shares his knowledge with humility. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did chatting!


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    Mentions from the episode:

    Mike Abbott

    Brookhouse Woods

    Svante Djarv

    David Fisher’s bowl horse

    Nic Westermann

    River & Journey Knives

    Paul Adamson

    Magnus Sundelin

    Wayne Barton

    Sean Hellman

    Zed Outdoors

    Jill Swan

    Martin Damon

    Werner Fuchs

    • 1 hr 51 min
    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


    Scottish Spoon Hoolie


    Jane Mickelborough

    • 2 hr 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



    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 hr 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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    and now, Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/abbottslivingwood/

    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 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

wheatfield woodcraft ,

Well done

I started listening to this on a whim and I was for sure thinking I would just set this down as soon as I picked it because I thought it might be boring. Instead I was delightfully surprised at the engaging discussion, history, tales and inspiration. Thanks guys. Keep it coming.

treegirlmaggie ,


As someone new to the spoon scene I’ve been devouring these podcast with relish! Please keep them coming. Would love to hear reviews for your favorite tools and makers as well.


Great Podcast

Well done. Keep it going.

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