16 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 15 - Zed Shah

    Episode 15 - Zed Shah

    Join us for this lively conversation with none other than Zed Shah. We get into a wide range of topics, learning about Zed's inroad to bushcraft, spooncarving and the broader sloyd world from his background in social work and marketing. We explore how the geographical & cultural distinctions influence craft in different parts of the world, and in particular why the UK is such a hub. We learn about Zed's journey as a film maker and the evolution of his approach to documenting the craftspeople and skills he documents and shares, the influence of social media on craft, the importance of photography and marketing for craftspeople, the value of developing skills vs buying expensive tools, and a bunch of other little side discussions along the way. Towards the end, Zed shares nuggets of marketing wisdom, which leads to a future episode concept! All around, a really fun and engaging chat with a little bit of something for everyone.

    Future Episode Concept

    Have any burning marketing or media questions? Want to hear from Zed on them? Send your questions to us and we'll compile them for a topic-focused Q&A episode with Zed in the near future. Send questions to contact@sloydcast.com

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    Mentions from the episode:

    Ray Mears

    Not Just Bikes

    Spoonfest

    Werner Fuchs

    Sharif Adams

    Pro Camera by Moment

    Classic Hand Tools

    Spoontown UK

    Yoav Elkayam

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Episode 14 - Mark Krawczyk

    Episode 14 - Mark Krawczyk

    Join us for this engaging chat with Mark Krawczyk—Renaissance man of permaculture, wood craft, and agroforestry. We delve into his journey from college to study permaculture with Bill Mollison in the early 2000’s which eventually lead him to the UK to learn from the likes of Ben Law, Mike Abbott, and back to the states to intern with Drew Langsner. We explore the finer points of greenwood working in the tradition of chair-making, hickory bark harvesting, and seat weaving—then into the principles and practices of coppice agroforestry and his upcoming book Coppice Agroforestry: Tending Trees for Product, Profit, and Woodland Ecology. We finish it off with an insightful discussion on the tenets of managing a woodland from a holistic perspective. All in all, a wonderful chat! Mark is an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. Enjoy!

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    https://www.keylinevermont.com/

    http://www.rivenwoodcrafts.com/

    Pre-order his book: http://www.coppiceagroforestry.com/

    Mentions from the episode:

    Helen & Scott Nearing

    Ben Law

    Ben Law Grand Designs

    Mike Abbott

    Brookhouse Woods

    Harvesting Hickory Bark

    Make a Chair from a Tree by Jennie Alexander

    Woodlanders Docu-series

    Woodlands by Oliver Rackham

    Forestry Prism

    Eric Sloane

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 13 - Rosie Rendell

    Episode 13 - Rosie Rendell

    Join us for this chat with the amazingly talented coppice and green woodworker Rosie Rendell. We learn about her journey from gardener to coppice woodworker and the burgeoning businesses she has built since. She gives us a lesson in what coppicing is, what hedgelaying is, and some of the basic principles and practices that define these crafts. We learn about the seasonal flow of her work and get a sense of how deeply connect her work is to the ecosystem, her raw material, and the ancient crafts she is carrying into the future. We top it off discussing her new endeavor producing charcoal and how important this process and product is for closing the loop of a coppice woodworking profession. Last but not least, we flesh out how important it is to remember that these crafts are as much a part of the constellation of sloyd practices as spoon carving or bowl turning. We hope you enjoy this chat!

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    https://www.instagram.com/wildwoodcharcoal/

    • 1 hr 27 min
    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

    Spoonfest

    Scottish Spoon Hoolie

    Täljfest

    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

    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

HealthRanger89 ,

Awesome podcast

Two talented dudes doing it right on the podcast. SloydOut!

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 ,

A+

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.

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