Spoons have been with us for an awfully long time - some historians even suggest one thousand years before the time of Christ. It's one of our most basic and useful tools; often a personal spoon would be cherished as a valuable utensil and a person would carry it with him to use on his travels. The gold spoon was reserved for royalty, for they were the only ones that could afford such extravagance. The closest a wealthy layperson could come was silver; most common folk however settled with wood. It's a simple tool, one quickly made, yet every one very individual and unique.
Maybe that's why I find such inspiration from carving spoons. They are a great reminder to me to live differently every time I pick up another piece of wood off the woodpile.
Spoon in a box - Shirley Adler design carved from birch, finished with linseed oil and gloss lacquer. Box 6mm okume plywood, linseed oil and spray shellac. Inspiration for box lid incised carving adapted from Beychevelle Vineyards logo.
Lily ladle - birch, tung oil and spray laquer finish.
Bottom ladles - birch, olive oil finish, jatoba and maple inlays.