Mike and Meg Goulder have been making spoons for 20 years, and the idea began taking form nearly 30 years ago when Mike started working as an arborist and watching wood scraps go to waste. While it took him ten years to finally take the plunge, he knew he wanted to salvage the trimmed wood. Coincidentally one evening he needed a jelly spoon, and thus his wood carving creations were born.
Meg joined in with the business about eight years ago, which started with her doing wood burnings. Eventually, however, she took on more work with the business and now helps Mike with everything he needs. With Meg and their young son’s help, Treeworks turned into a full-blown family-owned business.
Mike’s favorite item to create is a “finely-balanced, beautiful useful tool.” His other favorites include the color of apricot and the texture of pear.
Meg, on the other hand, doesn’t have a favorite item per se but she does love the dark woods, like walnut. “The Brazillian cherry scrapwood [they use] is both beautiful and strong.” Additionally, Meg enjoys grinding out the bowls and spoons and says, “I get to watch how the wood grain emerges from different pieces; it’s almost like sculpting.”
The best thing about their many creations is that the wood all originates from Boise in some fashion, whether it’s through the arborist business or through findings and donations. In fact, they just salvaged Mountain Mahogany from Kuna and some Brazilian Cherry which used to be flooring in someone’s house in Boise.
One thing they enjoy most about their work is the uniqueness of it, due to the many types of woods and grains they find. “Each turns out differently depending on how the original tree grew and how the resultant piece of wood aged after being cut… it’s fun [for them] to let the wood lead the way!” In fact, they’re so in love with their products that they’d even invite Martha Stewart to show them off!
When Mike and Meg aren’t busy crafting wood, they dream about cruising around the entire world, and imagine how many different types of wood there are out there! In the meantime, you can find them on Saturdays at the market, which starts up again on April 16, 2016.