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Hi, I'm Lindsey!
How did you get started making?
With the lumber prices due to COVID (I used a lot of lumber for a mud kitchen), my injury, and the popularity of the utensils, I had to decide what to do with my other business. I made the call to Stan to formally ask him if he would mentor me if I set down that road and he was delighted. Actually, the phrase he used was "I'd be tickled to death." I named the utensil business "Alabama Treenware" in honor of him and the amazing legacy he has created at Allegheny Treenware. Stan is a legend - a true mountain man in the hills of our home of West Virginia. A renowned artist, he has personally made over a million spoons in his lifetime (that are now all over the world) and I am so blessed to have him in my corner. My first tool, an old no. 10 spoon gouge, was what he used to make his first thousands of spoons and it's what I learned on and still use in all of my spoons.
What kind of wood do you use?
What's your process for making your products?
Once the design is finalized, that becomes the official pattern for that utensil. I then go to my curated stock of local hardwoods and thoughtfully choose a piece that I think the customer will like. From there, I trace the pattern and cut it out like before, but then I do the detailed carving. I use a woodworker's vice and a hook knife, carving knife, spoon gouge, draw knife, and spokeshave - most of which are about 150 years old. I have modernized some things by using some power carving and sanding tools for larger orders, but the process remains the same. I do some final shaping and refining on a belt sander and the final step is to polish with kraft paper and my spoon salve that I render myself.
What's your favorite part about being a maker in the Huntsville area?
Alabama Treenware is a purveyor of sustainable, heirloom-quality treenware. Handmade in Madison, Alabama, by Lindsey Boothe using ethically-sourced, local hardwoods. Organic by nature. Heirloom by choice.