Fran The Spoon Man

My favorite spoon woods are mountain laurel and dogwood. Being bushes or small trees, they are not as commercially available. Wood from the roots is especially hard and has natural grains. I also use black cherry, pecan, silver birch, apple, and any other worthy wood.

I use a draw knife, chisel, spoon gouge, and window glass to shape my spoons and then sand them to smoothness. I then apply several coats of walnut oil and two coats of beeswax. I start the process of spoon making with a tree limb 2 to 6 inches in diameter and 15 inches long. I split it in half, producing two pieces of wood that are nearly mirror images of each other. Some are transformed into matching but different spoons, spatulas or flippers complimenting each other. I refer to them as “matching twin” sets. The same knot, heartwood, and coloration are shared by the set. Other pieces of wood become “single” spoons.

Most of my spoons are meant for daily use and kitchen display. However, some are meant only as decorative. An occasional light sanding and oiling is all that is needed to enjoy your spoons for a lifetime. Keep them out of the dishwasher and allow to dry after a gentle wash.

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