10 Easy Pieces: Artful Wooden Spoons by

Issue 48 · The Rural Life · November 28, 2012

10 Easy Pieces: Artful Wooden Spoons

Issue 48 · The Rural Life · November 28, 2012

I hate the word "fetish," but I think it would be safe to say that a number of us at Remodelista are mildly obsessed with wooden spoons.

That such a basic utensil should elicit such devotion is not so surprising when you consider that most of us use this ubiquitous tool every day. True, the basic design of this kitchen icon was codified long ago. Yet within this simple form there are vast opportunities for individual expression—in the type of the wood used or in the carver's particular style. Thus distinguished by marks of the grain as well as traces of the artist's hand, each spoon is wholly unique and deeply personal.

a heap of spoons by Nic Webb

Above: Truly one of a kind, Nic Webb's spoons are hewn from wood that he salvages from tree trimmings in London; prices start at £80.

spoons by Joshua Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile

Above: Hand carved by Joshua Vogel at Blackcreek Mercantile, these individual spoons present a variety of unexpected forms; available at March in San Francisco.

hand carved spoons by Herriott Grace

Above: Exquisitely crafted by Lance Herriott and beautifully photographed by his daughter, Nikole, the spoons of Herriott Grace are highly sought after and sell out quickly.

hand carved spoons by M. sSaito

Above: Hand carved spoons by Japanese master M. Saito bear the marks of their creation.

French spoon in beechwood

Above: William Sonoma's French Cook Spoon is made from durable beech and features a generous 14-inch handle; $6.95.

olive wood spoons at Canvas Home

Above: The swirling grain of these Olive Wood Utensils from Canvas seems to mimic the very motion of stirring.

wooden tasting spoon set

Above: Petite Tasting Spoons of varying woods makes for an impressive and instant collection; $48. Also available at Dunlin.

teak spoons from Brookfarm General Store

Above: Stir and serve with style with a handmade Teak Spoons from Brookfarm General Store; $16 to $35.

Hand Carved Spoons by Barnaby Carder, Remodelista

Above: Utility meets art in this collection of spoons by Barnaby Carder. For purchasing information, see Barn the Spoon.

Hanging Around Spoons from Muuto

Above: For a modern twist on a classic, Muuto's Hang Around Spoons are available at Connox; €29.

Above: And one to grow on, bonus 11th spoon (because you can really never have enough) wood and bone utensils designed by Kirsten Hecktermann. The wooden spoons are hand carved from locally managed hardwoods in Kirsten's father's workshop in Kilifi, Kenya.

N.B.: For more inspired culinary accessories, shop 222 kitchen tools in our Kitchenware section.

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