Tousi Mountain Crafts by Sue Scherf
I'm a 1984 graduate of Nonnewaug High School, where my passion for creativity began. There I was a potter and stained glass student. After college, I was an environmental educator, working in the outdoors with fabulous people. I continued to work with stained glass. Tousi Mountain Crafts blossomed after my daughter went to college, the workshop filled the void left in my life.
At Hancock Shaker Village, I enrolled in a wooden box making class. Since then, creating wooden items has become my newest focus. Starting with spoons, my creativity has expanded to sculptures, boxes, bowls, platters and jewelry.
Most of the wood I use is harvested on our 75 acre family farm, which has been in my family since the 1920's. My crafts are made using power tools, hand gauges, and lots and lots of hand sanding. All finishes are food grade. The woods used in my crafts are ash, oak, maple, hickory, cherry, and spalted maple. The patterns of splatting are created by partial fungal decay, which gives the wood dramatic dark contrasting lines and streaks.
Also included in my creations are stone and shell jewelry and felted animals.
It would be my pleasure to take orders. Contact me if you like to learn how to make a beautiful wooden spoon.