Meet Our Vendor: Spalted Home
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jessica Angel and I started Spalted Home in early 2016. I had been dreaming about carving wooden spoons for a few years and finally made it a reality. Currently I only use wood that is foraged, recycled, or reclaimed and have met some really kind and interesting people in my search for raw materials. All of my work is hand carved and sanded and meant to be functional and last throughout the years. Each piece is unique and can be displayed beautifully in the home.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’ve been dreaming up ways I can teach either a spoon carving class or a comb carving class. I would love to host them around Seattle and in a few of my favorite places. Right now I’m working on a rough outline for the class, what materials I would need, what I would do ahead of time, the materials I would send everyone home with, and so on. The next phase is to do a test run on a few friends and see if they can successfully complete a project. If that sounds like something you’re interested in sign up for my newsletter at spaltedhome.com/newsletter.
What was your first memory of making something?
I grew up in Northern Michigan and we lived in the country. We only had 2 channels growing up (CBS and PBS) so I spent a lot of time entertaining myself. I remember one summer I would eat otter pops (frozen popsicles in a plastic sleeve) and each one had a different member of the otter family on it. I would rinse them out and let them dry and then I filled them with sand. Once I had the whole set I went outside and used leaves, twigs, and long pieces of grass to build houses for my otter family. I think one even had a leaf hammock. They were pretty cool. Sometimes if I’m feeling nostalgic I’ll go outside and make one.
Is this a full-time business for you?
No it’s not. It’s currently my side business to the handmade business I’ve been running for over 5 years. I run OhSoANTSY and make jewelry that represents the people and places we love.
Who’s your biggest fan?
Aside from my dad who’s recently gotten on facebook and shares EVERYTHING and my husband I would say my biggest fan is my friend Dana. All of my friends knew I was working on this new project and were very supportive but when I announced my official shop opening she hopped right on and bought 3 spoons without saying a word. I hand delivered them and she was so excited. As she puts it, “I feel way better about spending a little more on a heirloom quality cooking spoon that will last vs buying a bunch of cheap ones over time”.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Some of my favorites are the double sided spoons but I really love the hair pin. It’s such a simple design that was born out of trying to figure out ways to use even more scrap wood. I was noticing chucks of wood left over after I cut out the spoon blanks that weren’t quite big enough for even a tiny spoon but they were big enough to make hair pins. I loved the final design and they are so easy to put in your hair and take out.
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