The Art Of Making
Our wooden spoons and cooking implements are available in many different styles and sizes, ranging from small beverage spoons, eating spoons and love spoons, through to scoops for the kitchen or bathroom and large serving spoons for the table.
Unlike mass produced products, each and every spoon or utensil has been individually crafted by hand from responsibly resourced timber (and locally-sourced wood wherever possible) in Cornwall, using traditional tools and finished with a food safe Japanese wax or Tung oil coating.
The timber most readily available in Cornwall is sycamore. Sycamore has natural antiseptic properties, which inhibit the growth of bacteria and mould, so it’s the wood of choice for all kinds of culinary products and it is the traditional timber used to carve love spoons. The hardwood has a pale neutral grain and blends well with many colour schemes. A wide range of fruit and hedgerow trees also grow in the vicinity to our workshop which, when cut, continually surprise and delight with their range of texture, colour and grain. It’s one of the joys of working with wood – splitting a log to reveal, for the first time, the wonder within – and then planning how best to use it.
Please visit our online shop or contact us to view my current range, commission your own spoon, or to take advantage of the engraving service and add a personal message to the spoon of your choice.
Spoon Care / Painted Handles
Always hand wash your spoon with soapy water, do not put it in the dish washer, pat dry after washing. DO NOT immerse the spoon or let the spoon sit in water for long periods of time.
Our spoons are generally treated with Japanese food wax, 100% food-safe, natural bees wax (cera alba) with antibacterial oils and other nourishing food safe oils. Alternatively, we can leave spoons untreated and let time, tide & food acids give the spoon a natural patina. Oiled spoons are clearly identified as such.
Some sanded spoons will go “fluffy” after their first wetting, this is perfectly normal, just carry on using the spoon and the fluffiness will wear away in no time at all, leaving you with a beautifully smooth spoon.
We use Milk Paint on our painted handles. Milk paint is an ancient formula made from ingredients that pre-date the use of petrochemicals. It is environmentally safe, non-toxic and entirely solvent free. A light coat of Japanese wax is applied to make the paint water resistant though NOT waterproof, you will notice the paint will wear on high spots as the spoon is used and some colour bleed may occur after washing, particularly if the spoon has been immersed in water.
Carving a spoon
Taking a small block of local Cornish plum wood and using traditional tools including a carving axe and a range of spoon chisels and gouges, a spoon begins to emerge.
The finished piece is burnished with cabinet scrapers for a smooth finish before applying contrasting layers of milk paint and sealing with Japanese wax.
This spoon contains a piece of sea-tumbled glass embedded in clear resin.