"Twice this year already, during the heat wave, they've just let us sit in trash for five days the first time and eight days the second time," said Joshua Vogel.
Visit the kitchen of any Remodelista editor and you'll likely find at least one prized piece by Joshua Vogel, the designer behind (I myself made a pilgrimage to the last time I was in San Francisco to get one of his spoons.) Hand-carved to enhance the natural form of the wood, each of his designs has a wonky grace that makes it as satisfying to hold as to behold.
Josh Vogel makes beautiful wooden spoons, and in The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen he explains how he does it. But the book tells more than the type of tools and carving technique that Vogel uses; it also reveals the pith of his philosophy as an accomplished craftsperson. In the mode of Thoreau’s Walden, Vogel’s Artful Wooden Spoon tells why craft – the act of creative making – is meaningful: Carving a spoon connects us to the natural environment, to each other and ourselves. The maker becomes a link in the continuum of creation. Craft demands both a physical and spiritual engagement, and most important of all, it’s fun.