Ken McLemore

Member Details:

Full Name: Ken McLemore

City: Port Gibson

State: Mississippi

Date Joined: 2007

Member Classification: Exhibiting

Medium: Wood. Artist Categories: Spoons.


Ken inherited his Dad’s collection of tools and acquired more at garage sales and flea markets. Then he realized that having a tool and not knowing how to use it was useless. He set a goal of learning how to use the tools of his grandfathers and great-grandfathers. In 2001, he began carving utensils, using the traditional methods of the craft. He uses no power tools, except a chain saw to harvest a tree. His stock usually comes from trimmings and pruning’s, some left along the roadside. He rives his blanks with froe and mall, and then gives the utensil a rough shaping using a hand axe and draw knife. With the rough dimension established, the spoke shaves come into use and finally the carving knives, honed extra sharp. Ken most enjoys passing these methods along to others by coaching and mentoring carvers