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Meet the Maker: Tito the Spoonmaker; Woodworking

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Meet the Maker: Tito the Spoonmaker; Woodworking


Alberto Hogan "Tito"  has always been an artist with a passion for testing new mediums.  While he has explored drawing, painting and designing, Alberto now works as a local woodcarver in the heart of Dublin City, Ireland. Using only locally sourced wood and hand tools, he reduces his environmental impact while simultaneously creating rare pieces.

This love for art and creativity carried on through Alberto's adolescence and into college where he studied multimedia and animation. With this new knowledge and experience of digital mediums he went on to work freelancing in various computer graphic roles such as, graphic design, 3d architectural modelling and conceptual arts. It was around 2009 that Alberto began to take a strong interest in self-sufficiency and sustainability which led him to learn more traditional skills like Permaculture and Bushcraft. It was through these experiences that he got a taste for wood carving.

Alberto has crafted a series of birch wood spoons for Straw and Gold. All pieces are carved by hand.  The wood is sourced from his family's property in Ireland and/or collected from fallen trees in the local area.