“The potter asked me of one of my spoons, “Where did you get this?”
I answered, “Out of a tree.”
He said, “No, I mean the design. Where did you get that?”
“Well,” I said, “Out of the tree, you see, I am not responsible.”
The first hand carved wooden spoon I bought was from Dan Dustin in the early 1970s when my wife, Nora, and I first started attending the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s annual fair at about the same time Dan began exhibiting there. We developed a strong friendship that we have maintained over the years. At this year’s Fair, I purchased a copy of his new book now entitled Spoon Tales. This 28 page 8.5″ x 8.5″ booklet is a fine record of Dan’s work, his philosophy, and some of his techniques. The numerous color photographs, taken by Clive Russ a professional photographer, depict over 75 of his spoons, bowls, and other pieces. A number of the photographs, for example, depict the tools that he uses to create his masterpieces. A brief statement by Dan, written in his usual witty and revealing style, accompanies each photograph. A one-page Glossary and a one-page Introduction add to the charm of this booklet. It should, in my opinion as an avid spoon collector, be of interest to collectors and spoon makers alike.
At the Fair, Dan persuaded me to act on his behalf in the marketing and distribution of his publication. I readily agreed to do so. The cost of the booklet including shipping and handling, is $22 within the United States and $25 to other countries. Payment should be made to me either by check or through my PayPal account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Each copy will be signed by Dan. I would, of course, be happy to answer any questions, or provide any additional information. Dan is looking primarily to recover his publication costs and has graciously agreed to share part of the modest profits from the sales that I may generate with me to support my Gathering of Spoons Project.
Dan also has available a 50 minute dvd, From Tree to Beam, that depicts the process, with his own narrative, that he uses to create hand-hewn beams. That dvd ordinarily sells for $30. If you should wish to purchase both the booklet and the dvd, we can make them both available for $36 (within the US) or $39 (to other countries) including shipping and handling. The dvd sold separately is available for $20 plus $1 or $3 shipping and handling depending on destination.
Norman D. Stevens
143 Hanks Hill Road
Storrs, CT 06268
email@example.com August 30, 2010