July 21, 2014

Shop update!

I forgot to post this earlier, so forgive my short notice! There will shop update this morning, July 21st, at 11am EST. Below is a small preview of one-of-a-kind pieces in collaboration with California based wood turner Silvia Song.





July 4, 2014

shop update 7.7.14

Large shop update on Monday, July 7th at 11 am EST. There will be an array of spoons in various woods, some hand carved ice cream scoops for this summer heat, and a collection of bowls in a collaboration with ceramicist Helen Levi.





June 3, 2014

shop update 6.4.14

Hello all! There will be a shop update tomorrow, Wednesday, June 4th, at 11 am EST. A few walnut scoops, large kitchen spoons, and a bunch of butter knives in an array of woods.


February 22, 2014

giveaway!

After every shop update, I'm always feeling grateful. Here's a simple butter knife as a small thank you, hand carved from reclaimed Southern Yellow Pine, complete with some beautifully stripey grain and a wonderfully piney smell. 


WINNER! Randomly selected is Donna Ambiente! Congrats! Send me an email with your mailing address and this little guy is yours. Thanks everyone! Until next time :)

Entry now closed! I will announce a winner tomorrow morning. Thank you all!
To enter, simply leave a comment below. Entry open until Sunday evening, Feb 23, at 6pm EST. Winner will be selected at random. Open internationally.

Remember to leave your FULL name in your comment!

xox
Ariele


February 16, 2014

shop update!

At long last! Months of carving have yielded a big bundle of spoons, along with a couple cutting boards and a carved walnut plate. They will all be posted for sale tomorrow morning, Monday February 17th, at 11am EST.






xo Ariele





December 6, 2013

Flash giveaway!

As thank you for a completely sold out shop, I made a walnut butter knife this morning to give to one lucky person.

WINNER! Congratulations Rachel! {Since there may be a few Rachels, this is the Rachel of the blog "not just passing time"}. Please send me an email with your mailing address and I will have this little bundle shipped out to you first thing on Monday. {ariele@brooklyntowest.com} Thanks to all of you who left a comment! Wish I could make a butter knife for everyone ;)

Entry is now closed! I will announce a winner in thirty minutes.
To enter:  simply leave a comment here. Entry open until tomorrow at 10am EST. One entry per person, please. If your profile is anonymous, I won't know who you are so please leave a full name. Check back here for the winner, who will be drawn completely at random and announced at 10:30 am EST tomorrow, Saturday December 7th. I will ship this knife out immediately so it might even arrive in time for christmas!

Free shipping for US winner, international winner must pay shipping through paypal.

Thanks everybody! And happy holidays from my woodshop to yours ;)

xo Ariele





December 2, 2013

shop is open!

I was on the road yesterday when I opened the shop and horridly forgot to post about it here on the blog. I hope this didn't mess with too many of your plans, but there's still a few lovely things left for sale.You can find them at the SHOP link to the right, or right here.

Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

Here's a few shots of our trip up to Maine :)

















November 21, 2013

Holiday sale: preview!




Here's a little preview of some of the things that will be for sale in the first week of December {to be announced}.

Have a great week!
A

It's time for more spoons

























Spoons! Cutting boards! I've been busy the last few weeks focusing almost entirely on scooping and sanding walnut. I can barely lift my arms over my head, have a massive bruise on my left palm, and I've become a one-woman experiment on how long it takes for fingerprints to grow back {apparently now is the time I should become a criminal}. All this is just my huge effort to provide you all with plenty of wooden gifts this holiday season. See? See how much I care about you and your gift-giving-cred?! I care. I care a lot.

Anyway, there will be a shop update sometime in the first week of December. Yet to be decided. I'll announce it here when it happens, and in the meantime, check out all the action over on instagram, where I post daily process shots of spoon carving, dog walking, kitty cuddling, and recently, a TON of fall leaves. 

Hope your summer was grand and your winter will be marvelous!
xo
Ariele


August 12, 2013

SPOONS!

Hey everyone, I've finally decided to sell a select number of my hand carved utensils that I've made over the last few months, so head on over to the SHOP button to the right and pick one up!


































xo, Ariele

May 27, 2013

Spoon givaway: Winner!

{There-are-no-losers-we-are-all-winners} AND THE WINNER IS!
 
Congratulations Liane of enhabiten! You are the lucky winner! Send me an email at ariele@brooklyntowest.com with your address and I'll have the little guy in the mail to you this week. Yay!

So, let me just say holy cow. I'm more than thrilled at the amount of enthusiasm and blatant coveting you all have shown for my little spoon. You've made him blush. He's a bit shy and not accustomed to all this attention. So much attention, in fact, there was no way in heck I was about to spend hours writing down six-hundred numbers on pieces of paper for the drawing {no matter how much I prefer to do things the tangible, old-school way} so I used a random number generator plugin instead. Not as cool nor as satisfying as drawing a number out of a bowl, but alas. It did the trick.

Since I love givaways so darn much, I plan on hosting one at least twice a year. I'm certainly going to have another one for the holidays like I did last year, so we'll see what goodies I make between now and then that would work well for it. Also, since I'm not "selling" my spoons, I thought I'd point you in the direction of a charming chap who does. Jarrod Reno was the fella who inspired me to try my hand at it in the first place, so you can head on over and order some of his beauties right here.

Aaaaand that's a wrap! Thank you all so very, very much! I had fun, did you?

xo, Ariele

May 20, 2013

Giveaway! And the magic of spoons.

About a month ago, I went totally spoon crazy. I bought a hook knife on ebay and a chunk of walnut at the lumber store, and started carving my first spoon. I thought I'd get through one, maybe, then toss it aside, move on, and never carve another spoon in my life, but as you see... apparently that did not happen.




What followed was an inability to put down my hook knife. There was just something about being able to carve hardwood like it was butter, scraping out the inside of the bowl and being left with these long, curled up shavings of walnut, that put my mind at ease. The spiraled shavings looked like chocolate and filled up my work tables and my living room coffee table like I was baking an elaborate cake. I wouldn't even sweep them up, because the more that were there, piling up, the more accomplished I felt. I started calling them Therapy Spoons. Need some head-shrinking? Start carving a spoon instead. Seriously. Do it.



Yes, I carved a LOT of spoons {I've since banned myself from carving more for the time being}. What am I going to do with all of them? Well, I plan on keeping a few, and giving away the rest to friends and family. These spoons are an amazing thing to have on hand -- did someone do something nice for you? Here! Have a spoon! Did a friend invite you over for a really lovely brunch? Here! Have a spoon! Oh what, it's your birthday? Here! Have a spoon!


And then came the whining. Yes! I'm talking about YOU! What's a girl gotta do to carve a spoon around here in peace, eh? There was, ahem, a lot of whimpering that taking pictures of hand carved spoons that were unattainable was insanely unfair. *gasp!* How rude of me! My statements of sorry not for sale were met with both sweet understanding and a bit of WTF. Hey, I get it! I'd be mad too!

So, to appease, I'm giving you a spoon. This spoon, to be exact.


It's carved from reclaimed maple, measures 11.5 inches long, with the bowl measuring 2 inches across. It has no intended purpose, so use it as you wish! Scooping coffee grinds? Stirring something yummy? Sitting in a jar on your counter with your other spoons looking pretty?

This contest is now closed! I will announce a winner later today! Thanks peeps!
TO ENTER: Leave a comment here, not anonymously of course. If you have a name that's fairly common please leave your last name, or something distinguishable, so I'm not left with eight Kate's and fifteen Erin's {ya know what I mean}. Entry will be open for one week, ending Monday, May 27th at 11 am EST. 

TO WIN: I will draw a random number {out of a pretty wooden bowl of course!} and the corresponding comment number will be the winner! I will announce the winner on my blog and on instagram next Monday.

{Oh, and I forgot to add that this is open internationally as well. I'm happy to pay for shipping anywhere unless it is somehow ridiculously expensive! In which case a humble Paypal request will be in order. Capiche?}

Fun Fun! I love giveaways! Good luck all!
Ariele