At a show this fall in Portland Oregon a woman that had just bought several of my spoons was telling me about a Poet she knows that wrote a poem about spoons. I kid you not 2 seconds after she told me about it here he walks up right behind us! With his permission here is his spoon poem.
Spoons, An Appreciation
Ah, the romance of spoons. Their goodness.
How they fit together, how they lie together, hip to hip,
spooning comfortably in that slender bed, the drawer.
I believe in spoons, their essential good nature.
They are the gentlest of the utensils.
Knives cut; forks jab, but spoons cradle.
The knife slices meat. The fork skewers it.
But the spoon is oval and holds sips.
It is the utensil of moderation, of cure,
spoonfuls of medicine, spoons full of care.
A spoon will never hurt you, never jab nor cut you.
There is no blood in the history of the spoon.
Spoons are the sexiest of the utensils,
feminine and rounded, all curve and camber.
Knives are phallic and forks are aggressive, toothy,
but spoons are the shapes of breasts and buttocks.
To knife is to pierce, to fork is to branch out,
but to spoon is to make love, cuddle together.
The gentle spoon, to be spoon fed like a child.
Spoons are the utensils of babies.
The spoon conserves, contains, mothers.
Tim can be found at http://timbarnespoet.com
functional vs. non-functional
Brass and copper utensils have been around for a long time and with that there has been many opinions to whether the use of these metals in functional food use are safe to use or not. Through research on Google I have found that some cultures such as Ayurveda says that these metals can be beneficial to our bodies and other scientific research says otherwise. What I have found out that most agree on is to avoid using copper and brass utensils and cookware with foods containing vinegar, tomatoes or citrus fruits. Brass easily reacts with salt and acidic foods, when it is heated so probably best to avoid that as well.
Most importantly if your copper or brass cookware shows any signs of verdigris, a greenish or bluish deposit especially of copper carbonates formed on copper, brass or bronze surfaces and is poisonous, it is not food safe until it is cleaned. Once all the verdigris is scrubbed off, your cookware is food safe again.
So, with that information I will let you decide whether your utensil is food safe or not for you!
February 16th the challenge was born! I had one of my besties staying with me this winter which was a delight! We would spend hours talking about EVERYTHING under the sun while she was sitting on "her" couch and I was sitting across from her on "my" couch. As side note, my house is only a 704 sq ft A-frame but yet I'm able to comfortably have 2 full couches! This comes in handy when guest stay. One day in February I told her that I wanted to be artistically challenged! After a few days of refection, Pinterest, sorting through photos of my past art work, art work of my Grandparents, art work of their friends, old sketch books of mine, and LOTS of conversation with my bestie I came up with the idea to make a spoon! Not just any spoon of course, spoons that were different, spoons that had some meaning. The challenge was, 60 spoons in 60 days with only the materials and tooling that I had. I gave myself 60 days for a few reasons. First, I would know after 60 days if I liked making spoons! Hand hammering metal can be loud receptive work and hard on the arm if not careful. Second, 60 spoons would give me a full display if I choose to apply for a show in which the deadline was April 16th! It turns out that I LOVE making spoons and I got into the show!!
Well as you can see I'm not huge on the blog thing but I thought I would go ahead and see if I can catch up. This summer I did a few outdoor shows which I hadn't done in a few years. I actually enjoyed the shows! It was fun to talk to customers and to see was enjoying my work. To my surprise my work attracted a lot of different kind of people, young to old, much older than I expected! The young seem to be attracted by design and color while the older women were attracted to the process of enameling. Many of the older women had tried copper enameling at some point in their lives. It seems to be an art form that is unknown to the younger crowd. I wonder if the younger crowd are limited in their knowledge of art because of the lack of funding for the arts in schools? Sad but but interesting.
Hello! Here is the beginning of my blog posts. I will be posting about my work of enameling, jewelry, maybe a little family history, (I am going to photo some of my Grandfathers work and post it here for some fun) I'll post about new enameling projects and perhaps other projects as well! Here we go! Enjoy.