The Omnivore Recommends: A Life Less Ordinary
Very much enjoying the spoof column at the back of the Observer Magazine: ‘A Life Less Ordinary’.
This clever parody of eco-journalism concerns the trials and tribulations of an earnest young author called Tobias Jones who decides to set up a woodland commune in Somerset. In the first of his dispatches Tobias introduces his first guest, an itinerant spoon carver called Barn…
‘Carving spoons, he says, is a way to “spread the love”. He wants, one day, to set up a sort of “spoon club” for schoolchildren so that they can learn knife skills and understand that knives can create real beauty, not just real menace. He talks about his idea of establishing a “pauper’s caff” where hot, healthy food is served entirely on, or in, wood; where all the bowls, plates, spoons and chairs have been hewn by hand from trees. He’s put his finger on what, I suppose, has always attracted me to wood as a material: it’s so simple, so common and democratic. It’s not exclusive, like silver or even ceramics.’
Great stuff. Read more here