Commission a Jenkins Lovespoon
--- CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING COMMISSIONS ---
I've currently got too many delayed or long-term commissions, gifts, and other projects I need to complete, and even considering new commissions is too distracting / tempting. So, I am not accepting new commissions at this time. I am very sorry to disappoint anyone, and I know I'm missing some great opportunities for inspiring carvings, but this is my reality.
If you want to think about commissioning a spoon from another lovespoon carver, or eventually from me, here are a few helpful questions to consider:
- - Do you have a price range in mind? note - My spoons tend to range from around $70 for the simplest, up to several hundred dollars, probably averaging between $150 and $350, plus $10-15 for S&H.
- - What is the occasion for which you'll be giving this lovespoon?
- - What is the relationship between the Giver and the Recipient?
- - Do you have something in mind? (e.g. the message you'd like it to convey, occasion to celebrate, or symbols you'd like to include)
- - Are there certain style elements you'd like me to try to include?
(e.g. asymmetrical, symmetrical, organic, structured, delicate, substantial, etc.)
- - Will this be sent somewhere inside the continental US?
- - When would you need the spoon to be delivered? Please note - Current lead time from any dedicated lovespoon carver is usually weeks to months, and sometimes more, so, the more notice, the better.
Then, once I'm accepting commissions again, please send me an EMAIL with your inquiry, (including any thoughts you have on the questions above) and I'll respond as soon as possible (usually within a day or two).
Then, here is some additional information that may be helpful if you are considering commissioning a lovespoon:
Other timing relating to lovespoons:
- - Even when my schedule is completely empty, most of my spoons usually require between two and six weeks to make (depending on complexity, size and difficulty of the wood).
- - I can occasionally squeeze in a simpler spoon with just a few weeks' turnaround, so you are welcome to inquire, even when my lead time is long.
- - All of my spoons are designed, carved and finished completely by me, by hand, with simple edge tools, and manual finishing tools.
- - Most of my spoons are finished with a traditional oil & wax finish, which usually takes nearly a week, on its own.
- - Design is a much more complicated variable. Occasionally, a design may come to me very quickly (maybe just a few hours), while other times, the design may take more time than even the carving and finishing. It's important to keep in mind that these are not mass-produced lovespoons. They are, with all sincerity, individual works of art, and as such, are bound to an artistic process.
- - Most of the spoons I make for inventory tend to range from about $75 to $250, and the price is mostly driven by the hours that go into a spoon, and sometimes a special piece of wood may be a factor.
- - Larger, or more complicated designs, with several elements of symbolism, or especially tricky or highly-detailed features tend to require more time, and, consequently, have a higher price.
Why commission a Lovespoon?
- - Apart from designing and carving a lovespoon yourself (which I DO recommend!), commissioning a custom-designed lovespoon simply fits the nature of the Lovespoon tradition: to make something unique and personal for a specific recipient.
- - A lovespoon can mark a special occasion more effectively than almost any other gift that can be found today.
- - You should choose a lovespoon maker whose style you especially like - even if it isn't me.
- - A lovespoon should express a deep, heartfelt sentiment, and a personally-designed, completely hand-made lovespoon can be an heirloom.
- - Every Jenkins Lovespoon is a work of art. My heart is always in it for every step of the process. Heart is a part of the tradition, and, while it may seem trite, I learned very early in my lovespoon making that it really does make a significant difference.
Current Stock Availability:
- - See my SHOP page to view finished lovespoons, currently available for purchase, if I have any.
- - I often struggle to keep any finished lovespoons on hand, and on my website, so I apologize for the frequently sparse nature of that page.
- - My stock lovespoons are not necessarily designed with a specific person in mind, but they are otherwise as thoughtfully and carefully created, with just as much heart as my commission spoons, and may likely suit someone's particular need.
Blake's Practical Applications consists of one resource, alone. As a result, there are significant scheduling, physical, and even artistic limitations to what I can produce for inventory, especially when it comes to hand-made items. My time is spent not only on carving and finishing lovespoons, but also website administration, a tremendous amount of time with volunteer work, teaching/speaking engagements, design, and occasional product research and development. Once in a while, I may even make a little effort towards marketing. I am still learning as I go, and I am always trying to develop ways to simplify everything (except lovespoon carving!*). So, THANK YOU to all my customers who have born with me through the long wait periods and supported me as I continue to learn and grow!
* Incidentally, I don't have anything against modern technology. I quite like it, in fact. It just isn't a good fit with my lovespoon designs, and my own carving preferences, so I tend to stick with the old-fashioned, non-powered hand tools like chisels and gouges, little bits of abrasives, and ordinary oil and wax.
Thank you very much for your interest - and patience!
This page last updated May, 2016