Wooden shovels

This is a trailer for a documentary, "The Last Shovel Maker" featuring  Harvey Ward, age 87, as he makes a wooden shovel using traditional tools.

Shovels like this would have been used for moving dangerous materials like gunpowder which could be ignited by a spark from a metal shovel, or grains which were believed to be bruised by metal.

You can watch the full film at Folkstreams. (10 minutes)

Spoon carving in London

This interesting news item from the BBC about "Barn the Spoon" is worth a watch.  Barnaby Carder used to live and work in the woods, whittling spoons from trees, but managed to earn enough money to be able to open a store in Hackney, where he spends his days working in the window where passers by can see him in action. 

The man who makes his living whittling wooden spoons