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7 Women of Woodworking You Need to Know About

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In celebration of International Women's Day I want to share with you 7 awesome green woodworkers whose work you should be following. 

1 - Anna Casserley

'Chainsaw Sunday' from Anna Casserley's Facebook page.

'Chainsaw Sunday' from Anna Casserley's Facebook page.

From Gloucestershire, UK Anna Casserley has been professionally carving spoons since 2012. I met her at Spoonfest where she was talking about delicate axe work, something she was able to demonstrate with great skill.  

Cooking spoons - Anna has a strong style consistent throughout her work. 

Cooking spoons - Anna has a strong style consistent throughout her work. 

If you want to see more of Anna's work you can check out her website, follow her on Instagram and like her Facebook page. You can also watch an interview with her on Youtube:

2 - Anja Sundberg

From the Sörmlands Museum website. 

From the Sörmlands Museum website. 

Anja is an awesomely talented woodworker from Sweden. She teaches at Sätergläntan, the Institute  of Crafts. Her work is so fun and full of life, identifiable from her use of bold shapes and bright colours.

Duck and dragon bowls by Anja Sundberg

Duck and dragon bowls by Anja Sundberg

Colourfully painted spoons made by Anja Sundberg

Colourfully painted spoons made by Anja Sundberg

While I haven't been able to find a website dedicated to her work, there are plenty of examples of her brilliant carvings dotted around the internet. Some of her work has been posted on Pinterest and Robin Wood has a short article showcasing examples of her work from Taljfest. 

If anyone knows where people can see more examples of Anja's work, please share it in the comments below.

3 - Jane Mickelborough

Based in France, Jane carves lovely spoons, with very clean lines, often including quite a deep keel along the back of the spoon bowl. She's also one of the organisers of Fines Lames et Petites Cuilleries a green wood festival held in Brittany, France. 

Eating spoons carved from a variety of woods by Jane Mickelborough

Eating spoons carved from a variety of woods by Jane Mickelborough

You can see more of Jane's work on her Facebook page and Instagram account. For a while she had a website (www.chatquilit.com) but at the time of writing it doesn't seem to be working. If Jane has changed sites, or has it up and running again, please let everyone know in the comments below. 

4 - Jojo Wood

From the Jojo Wood Craft Facebook page

From the Jojo Wood Craft Facebook page

Jojo has been involved in green wood crafts since an early age. This is clearly reflected in her deep knowledge of craft and high level of skill. Jojo is based in Edale, UK and is currently a clog maker's apprentice. Her work is well known and respected in the green woodworking community.

Eating spoons carved from willow by Jojo Wood

Eating spoons carved from willow by Jojo Wood

She's also recently put out a fantastic video of her clog making work.

You can see more of Jojo's brilliant work on her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

5 - Amy Leake 

Also known as Amy 'Woodmungler'

Also known as Amy 'Woodmungler'

Amy is based in Sussex, UK and carves great spoons, often adding little details and decorations to them. She's also a moderator over on the Spoon Carving, Green Woodworking and Sloyd Facebook group where she shares her knowledge and supports other green woodworkers.

Plum wood spoons carved by Amy Leake

Plum wood spoons carved by Amy Leake

Amy has a fantastic website where you can buy some of her work, or you can see other examples of her work on Facebook and Instagram.

6 - Beth Moen 

Beth Moen teaching spoon carving at Taljfest 2014

Beth Moen teaching spoon carving at Taljfest 2014

Another instructor from Sätergläntan, I was lucky enough to take a class with Beth Moen at Skedfest 2014. She is a fantastic teacher, and very accomplished woodworker. Her hewn wooden bowls are great, and seeing her carve them was very inspirational. She'll be teaching her bowl carving at the Greenwood Fest this summer. Naturally I jumped on the opportunity to learn more from her, so I'll be reporting back with more on that in the summer. 

Beth Moen's bowls on display at Skedfest 2014

Beth Moen's bowls on display at Skedfest 2014

Beth Moen hewing out a bowl with a long handled adze at Skedfest 2014

Beth Moen hewing out a bowl with a long handled adze at Skedfest 2014

You can see more of Beth's work on her website and her Instagram account.

7 - Amy Umbel 

From the Fiddlehead Woodworking Facebook page

From the Fiddlehead Woodworking Facebook page

A 2014 Martha Stewart Design Finalist Amy runs Fiddlehead Woodworking out of the central Appalachian Mountains, USA. She engages in a wide range of green woodworking, creating wonderful, functional items. 

Hand carved serving bowl by Amy Umbel

Hand carved serving bowl by Amy Umbel

Ohio Star Spoons by Amy Umbel. 

Ohio Star Spoons by Amy Umbel. 

You can get yourself some of Amy's work from her online store, and you can view more pictures of her craft work on her Facebook page and Instagram account


Make sure you follow all of the above woodworkers for great examples of green wood craft. 

This is just a selection of some of the women creating amazing pieces of work from green wood. If there are others you think we should be following, please share some links in the comments below.