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Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas and kitchen utensils carved from beautiful hardwoods like Maple, Cherry, Mesquite and Apple. Made by cooks for cooks. Spice up ..
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Opened on May 22, 2012
Fans: 7
Total Items: 17
Total Loves: 8
Total Sold: 4
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About Kitchencarvings

Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas and kitchen utensils carved from beautiful hardwoods like Maple, Cherry, Mesquite and Apple. Made by cooks for cooks. Spice up your time in the kitchen and find your inner gourmet with our extremely functional kitchen utensils that stir the soul as well as the stew. A truly ecologically friendly product made in a small shop in Colorado and finished with beeswax and mineral oil.


Tell us a bit about yourself and Kitchencarvings ?
My wife Gwynne and I make wooden spoons, spatulas and all kinds of cooking utensils out of beautiful hardwoods like Maple, Cherry , Mesquite, and Apple. Much of our wood is salvaged from dead or damaged trees, power line trimming, tree trimmers waste piles and orchard pruning. Spoon carvings combines two of our passions, cooking and woodworking. In addition to selling online we are in Rare things gallery in Creede, Colorado and Taos Blue Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.
How did you get started in doing what you do? How long have you been creating?
I have been a professional woodworker for 16 years. I was doing a lot of very exacting work on custom stair rails and cabinetry. I wanted something to do that was laid back and I also wanted to harvest some of my own wood and use some local species. A picture of a spoon by Drew Langsner in WOODWORK magazine got me started. The spoon had such elegant lines and I just had to make one of my own. It was nice to work on something simple with hand tools and use some of the beautiful wood available as waste at tree trimmers yards. I gave away some as gifts and soon people were calling me to have some made. I started selling them in stores and at crafts fairs and soon my wife started helping me. She was a natural. Since then we have made many thousands of spoons.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from the wood. I pick up a piece of wood and start cutting away the parts that are cracked or flawed, then the parts I don't like until a shape starts to emerge or an idea forms about a particular tool and I rough it out as much as possible and then hand it to Gwynne who does the final shaping and finishing. Or sometimes I take it all the way to the finish myself. What I make depends a great deal on what pieces of wood I pick out in the morning. The shop is full of wood from all over and sometimes I can have a piece for years and then one day I'll see what I want to make out of it and then it is usually a very fast process to go to the finished spoon.
What was your first creation? Do you have a favourite?
My first spoon was a small spoon of Plum wood that I got from an arborist friend. It took me about 2 days to finish. I gave it to my sister in law. I had all these little planks of wood that I had sliced out of small logs and limbs on the bandsaw. They were all along the wall and in every window sill drying so I could use them. I chose the Plum because it was a really knockout burgundy and red color.
What have you created recently?
I just finished a reproduction of an antique long handled wood cup measure spoon. About a year ago a woman from Texas sent me photos of an antique wooden cup measure. She had dropped it and the front of the very deep bowl had broken out along the short grain on the front. It had belonged to her Grandmother and she wanted to know if I could make her a new one as she used it every day. I made drawings from her measurements and the photos and made as close a reproduction as I could. I have made 6 or 7 since then and they always are popular. I think it has a very "Shakeresque" style.
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