Mike began his careeer with wood as an arborist. After several years of tree pruning and removal, he began searching for a way to re-use the wood he harvested. Rather than just burning or throwing it out, Mike wanted to use this wood in a way that could be enjoyed for years.
He started carving spoons in 1996. The first spoons were chopped with a hatchet. He then moved on to using a few hand tools and a dremmel, all out of his garage. At most, he made a few spoons a week.
The first time he sold spoons at the Captial City Public Market in Boise, his entire inventory was comprised of 25 spoons and a hand-carved chair. Nearly everything sold that Saturday.
Sparked on by this success, Mike invested in a band saw and some sanders. While working 40 hours as an arborist for the city, he continued to carve spoons out of his garage in his spare time, selling them at the Market once or twice a month.
People continued to snatch up the spoons, enabling Mike to eventually quit his job and concentrate on carving full-time. He opened his own tree-pruning business, and uses the wood from that to carve his utensils and furniture.
Mike built a small shop in 2004. In 2010, Meg quit her job to join him full-time in the spoon-making business. We now use a variety of power tools to produce each item by hand. It is a self-taught, 19-step process that we use to make each spoon, creating a unique end product.
We sell about 50 spoons, spatulas, or cutting boards every week at the Market, and are able to bring our wares to several Northwest festivals and art shows throughout the year.
We are proud to be able to create a beautiful product that honors the tree it came from and that people all over the world can cherish and pass down to the next generation!If you're in the Boise area on Saturdays from April to December, come visit us between 9:30-1:30 at the Capital City Public Market (capitalcitypublicmarket.com).
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