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