Coastal Christian School’s annual craft fair this year will feature several talented students in addition to professional artisans. Among these young craftsmen is Luke Wood, a senior, who crafts wooden utensils.
Wood was self-taught. He has been working on his skill for a couple of years. Wood enjoys taking a piece of wood and turning it into something pretty, but useful, too. His technique is to carefully pick a piece of wood, paying particular attention to the grain of the wood, and then to carve a bowl or spoon using a gauge. Afterwards, he sands it and puts mineral oil on it. The process can take up to seven hours.
It is inspiring to Wood to be able to make perfection out of imperfection. One of his best and probably biggest projects is a chair he carved out of a log.
Wood’s work will be available for sale at the Coastal Christian School Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coastal Christian School, 574 N. Nobleboro Road, Waldoboro.