Category Archives: Woodenware

Spoons, Spatulas, Cutting Boards, and Other Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Hotel Spoon Carving

I travel for work once or twice a year.  This summer it’s a week-long stay in a hotel, and I have evenings pretty much to myself.  In such situations, I never want to be without my spoon carving tools and … Continue reading

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From an Old Drawer to New Spatulas

People ask me where I get my wood for the spoons and spatulas I make.  The truth is, I find it.  Most of the time I salvage limbs and logs from downed trees, but sometimes I find wood in more … Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Display Table

What do you do when you start making more spoons than you can sell or give away?  You start selling them.  But not just anybody will pay $10 or $15 for a hand-carved spoon.  You have to get them in … Continue reading

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How to Ship a Wooden Spoon

If you sell your woodwork online at all, there’s a little challenge that you probably didn’t think about until you sold your first item: how to package it for shipping.  And if you’ve ever received an item in the mail … Continue reading

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Spoon Carving on the Road

I do a lot of traveling each summer.  In the past, I often had to leave my woodworking behind because, well, it’s hard to fit a tool chest and a workbench into the back of the minivan along with all … Continue reading

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Teaching Spoon Making in Austin, TX

This coming weekend I will be teaching a class on making wooden spoons for the ROADS Workshops in Austin, Texas. It’s going to be a little different from your usual woodworking class, though.  ROADS Workshops are a part of Mobile … Continue reading

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“How Long Does It Take You to Make a Spoon?”

It’s a question I get a lot when selling my wooden spoons at craft markets, and I was never sure how to answer.  I couldn’t remember the last time I timed myself on a spoon from start to finish.  And … Continue reading

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The Spoon-Copying Challenge

A few days ago, a package arrived in the mail from an old family friend. Inside (along with her annual family newsletter) was this poor spoon: Her note called it her “butter spoon,” which she had used for butter making … Continue reading

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Making Stir-Fry Spatulas from Curly Oak

We all know about curly maple, but how about curly oak? I didn’t know it existed until I started salvaging wood down here in Alabama. Continue reading

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Craft Show Success

Selling my work–mostly wooden spoons–at craft shows has been hit-or-miss for me.  But recently I found out that our local art museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, hosts a regular craft show, and I thought that venue might bring in … Continue reading

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