cooking spoons

I really want to learn to carve a wooden spoon, but my husband reminds me that no spoon is worth the cost of my losing a thumb. He knows me well, and I am not to be trusted with sharp tools.

No matter, I pore over the pages of the library book, Heirloom Wood –  A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards, and Other Homewares by Max Bainbridge.

I am struck by how the words relate to photography as much as wood carving.

I want to encourage people to understand that craft takes time and is always the better for it.
It can improve your state of mind by letting you step out of modern fast-paced living and slowing things down.

And from another new-to-me library book, Ongoingness – The End of a Diary by Sarah Manguso

Often I believe I’m working toward a result, but always, once I reach the result, I realize all the pleasure was in planning and executing the path to that result.
It comforts me that endings are thus formally unappealing to me–that more than the beginning or ending, I enjoy continuing.