Woodenware

I enjoy carving wooden spoons and spatulas, both to give away to friends and family and to sell locally and online.  These are some of my favorites.

If you would like to purchase one of my spoons or spatulas, please see my Etsy shop here.

Woodenware Care Directions

Each time I sell or give away a spoon or spatula, I include the following instructions:

Wash your new spoon before using. Hand wash only—never put any wooden item in the dishwasher. Avoid letting wooden items soak in liquids for long periods of time. Cook the soup, not the spoon! The oil finish may dull over time, but the finish will last longer if you wash only in hot, clear water. You can let kitchen oils gradually replace the original finish, or you can restore it yourself by flooding the surface with a food-safe oil for a half hour, wiping off the excess, and letting the item dry overnight. (Food-safe oils include walnut oil, which can be found in some grocery stores with other vegetable oils, and butcher block oil, which is available with other wood finishes at most home centers.) Above all, enjoy cooking with your spoon.

See my tutorial on spoon carving here, and my tutorial on spatula carving (with notes on finishes) here.  Notes on making a wooden cutting board are here.

Photo Gallery

Night Market Table Mobile Museum of Art 12-2015

My display table at a local craft market.

WLGSM101 11-2014 - - 1

Black walnut is one of my favorite woods to use. This set features a little bit of curly figure in the bowl of the larger spoon.

This large mixing spoon is made from spalted pecan.  The spalting always creates a unique figure, and the pecan is very durable in everyday use.

This large mixing spoon is made from spalted pecan. The spalting always creates a unique figure, and the pecan is very durable in everyday use.

Cherry Spoons 4-2014 - - 2

A set of spoons made from wood I salvaged from my neighborhood. The two-toned spoons are cherry. I have no idea what wood the other ones are.

Spoons and Spatuals Spring 2015 - - 08

Wok spatulas are very popular items, and I make them in right-handed and left-handed versions.  These are made from spalted water oak.

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A small spoon of soft maple, along with the shavings produced while making it.

I carved this spoon from an unusually straight piece of mesquite. The wood shapes beautifully and takes a nice polish, but unfortunately it dulls significantly with use. It currently resides in my mother’s kitchen.

I made this threesome set for a friend of mine as a thank-you gift. The wood is pecan, which is difficult to work but holds up very well with use. The gray streaks result from a naturally occurring fungus that dies as the wood dries, leaving the blue-gray color, called “bluing.”

I made this pair of spoons from a tree limb I found in the back yard of my house soon after I moved in. To this day I do not know what kind of wood it is, but I was delighted to split the limb open and find curly figure. I gave both away to friends.

A few years ago, I carved this miniature spoon out of cherry for my wife as a Christmas ornament.

This hard maple set was a wedding present for a relative. Hard maple can be difficult to work, but it is very durable. I consider it an ideal wood for wooden spoons.

I made this spoon for one of my daughters, who likes to play in the kitchen while we cook. It’s made from pecan, so it would be difficult for her to break it. In the background is a serving spoon I made for myself.

This is a commissioned set of spoons. They are all pecan, and despite the color variations, they all came from the same log.  The two on the right are made from the heart wood, which is extremely hard.  The three on the left are made from the sapwood, which is not as hard as the heart wood, but still very tough to work.

Three spoons made from quarter-sawn walnut, top to bottom a large stirring spoon, a small stirring spoon, and a short serving spoon.

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4 Responses to Woodenware

  1. Bonnie says:

    Could you please tell me where you buy the raw wood for your spoons? Thank you.

    • I haven’t bought spoon wood for years. I’m a scavenger. I keep an eye out for promising logs and limbs, which I then split up into billets for carving. (Following a tree trimmer around for a day is usually productive.) I’ve salvaged wood from curbside rubbish, downed limbs, and firewood piles. I keep quite a few kinds of wood on hand.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Ah. I hadn’t even thought about scavenging for wood sources, but it sure makes sense. Your spoons have that lovely patina of “old” wood! Thank you for your reply.

  3. Robert says:

    your work is very impressive, I have just started with carving by hand and look forward to being at your level of expertise

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