Terry Widner

Artist Statement

I enjoy exploring the creative process within the constraints of the wooden spoon and sometimes, outside of those constraints.

I love the creative process, of not knowing what is to come about.... but still having a hand in it. I am captivated by those moments when I become aware of that third 'something' that seems to take over the work and I seem to be mostly a spectator.

Not a single spoon (or other creation) I've made turned out the way I initially wanted or intended. Never happens!

The work itself seems to take off in a different direction and I just follow along. And it is that 'not knowing', that 'evolving' of the piece that keeps me going back to the shop.

Why wooden spoons? Spoons provide a small, but excellent canvas on which to express creativity and the design possibilities are literally unlimited. The art of wooden spoon carving dates back to antiquity and yet new and unique designs are created every day.

Each piece of wood, whether collected from the forest floor, rescued from a roadside brush pile or recycled from an old fence post is a unique expression of nature and has its own story.

Sometimes the piece of wood is the primary inspiration for a spoon, and other times an idea is 'imposed' on the wood. But even then the grain and character of the wood influences the final spoon
design.

Inspiration comes from many sources; nature (plants, critters, and micro-organisms), words and phrases, visual puns, objects, even oil stains on pavement. I also receive much of my inspiration
from the work of other spoon makers. It was actually the beautiful spoon work of Norm Sartorius that got me pointed in this direction.