I love making stuff that I use.
This peanut butter spreader is made from juniper, and I carved it while sitting in the shade throughout a long hot siesta in New Mexico last year. After I sanded it smooth and oiled it, it immediately assumed its position and began to spread the peanut butter love. It’s quite possibly my favorite utensil ever.
These are part of my natural fitness gym, with the fingerboard consisting of two pieces of 2 by 12, and the “rings” from 2 by 6 cedar. I cut the holes in the top piece of the fingerboard, then glued and screwed the two together. I can’t remember why I used two pieces.
The rings are a little wonky in the way that they are attached to the rope. They want to flip over if your wrists are not actively flexed. And as an added attraction, the rope that connects the rings to the tree is twisted poly line (the cheap yellow stuff, ’cause that’s what I had) and it twists you around in circles as you crank off pull-ups.
Panoramic view, dude.
My wife’s vegetarian recipe collection is for sale at the Woolly Mamas booth at the Farmers Market. So many people have asked for her recipes that she first wrote out a favorites collection to photocopy, and now it has grown to over forty recipes. Containing vegetarian, vegan, and raw food options that are guaranteed to satisfy, this collection is named Karuna (compassionate) Kitchen after our daughter.
What’s your favorite handmade item?