When i spied this hand carved Antler Scoop on Instagram a couple weeks back, I was hoping the creator was southern. Lucky for me, it was Anneliesse McKee from Asheville, North Carolina- one of my favorite towns that I had already planned to visit a week later. So...with her permission, I stopped by for a visit and she couldn't have been more gracious.
Situated behind Anneliesse's home is the perfect sized workshop. It's a place for her to zone out, focus and carve. She found this passion about a year and a half ago after a seven year relationship ended. Instead of wallowing in a bad place, she decided to put her mind in a creative, motivated space, taking up banjo lessons, running miles on end, cooking recipe after recipe... and carving.
As Anneliesse shared, "I just wanted to be so proud of myself." Well, she has nothing to worry about. Her hard work, derived from a deep passion, has gained notice. Bomisch now carries her Antler Scoop and a bit more of her impressive handiwork. And restaurants and shops around town are beginning to ask for custom orders. But of course...her journey continues to propel her forward.
As if her outdoor workshop isn't ideal enough, I know her pups, Bruce and Mason love the setup too. They were running in and out as I took photos and Bruce perked up when a lone piece of wood turned up on the workshop floor.
And when you receive your Antler Scoop, there is really no question it was made and cared for by hand with lots of care. Anneliesse wraps it in vintage fabric, adds some of the wood shavings from the carving session in a little sewn pocket and includes a thoughtful saying on brown paper. Her friends often come over, they drink wine and put these together. It's a gift to cherish. So is this artist.
You can order Anneliesse's Antler Scoop from Bomisch in black walnut or cherry wood and she has a pretty Wreath Scoop too. Plus...these lovely wooden spoons. Click here for her maple, oak and sycamore wood spoons or here for long handled spoons in black walnut. I can't get my eye off that triangle one...
Photos: Sweet Peach. Final four shots: www.bomisch.com Content: Sweet Peach