by Steve “The Spoon Guy” Schuler
I make wooden cooking spoons and spatulas from hardwoods. Each piece is individually shaped with traditional hand tools and hand-rubbed with a food-safe oil finish. I use many different species of hardwood, and my wood comes from local trees that have come down in storms—wood that would otherwise end up in a burn-pile. My utensils are made for regular kitchen use, and with a little care, each piece will last for many years.
Find out more about how I make wooden spoons here.
If you would like to purchase one of my spoons or spatulas, please contact me by e-mail at lastwordsmith AT gmail DOT com. Most of my spoons and spatulas are between $15 and $20 apiece.
Woodenware Care Directions
Each time I sell or give away a spoon or spatula, I include the following instructions:
Care Directions: 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, wiping off the excess, and letting the item dry for a day. Direct sunlight speeds the drying. (The best oils are walnut oil and flax oil, which will dry on the wood. Other vegetable oils won’t dry.) Above all, enjoy cooking with your utensil.
Guarantee: Should this spoon ever break in the course of normal kitchen use, you may mail the remains back to me (at your expense), and I will make you a free replacement of approximately the same shape/size/color, subject to wood availability. This is my lifetime guarantee—my lifetime, not yours.
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.
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.
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.
your work is very impressive, I have just started with carving by hand and look forward to being at your level of expertise