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Meet Kimberly Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Smith.

Kimberly, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am a self-taught woodcarver with a passion for combining beauty with function. My woodcarving journey started by hand carving spoons out of fallen trees with hand tools. Those early spoons are being used by family around the country. Now, I am able to create woodenware that can be become treasured heirlooms in people’s homes.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Perfecting the art of woodcarving is an ongoing process. Working with wood is challenging and can take a lot of time. Depending on a trees grain pattern, I can only do so much with a piece of wood. Learning to work with the grain, not against it, has been an exciting learning curve, since most times, the wood dictates what the finished product will look like. It almost feels like a collaborative effort with the tree and something I thoroughly enjoy.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Spoons and cutting boards are ordinary tools that have been used for centuries. By creating beauty in the mundane, we can be reminded that loveliness can be found in anything. I dedicate special attention to each handcrafted woodenware, from the milling of the wood to the sanding of the spoon, in my backyard workshop. Because of this, each piece is completely unique with one of a kind character.

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Portrait: Nick Wisda @wisda

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