Storms brought down, walnut, hickory, cherry pear and maple trees, offering a long term supply of good quality wood. It wasn’t long before I found a cabinet maker that had “shorts” available and 4000 pieces later, Wooden Spoons and Spatulas.com became my retirement supplement.
Almost all of our wood is headed for landfills or fire pits. We never harvest standing timber but instead recycle what nature provides.
Every June we attend a “Sawmill Day “supported by the Montgomery County Woodworkers club ( Ind.) in Ladoga In. A local farmer collects storm damaged trees and then brings in portable sawmills to cut the wood. The trees are sold and cut to buyers specifications. All funds collected are then donated to local 4-H clubs to promote woodworking. This year we acquired 4 cherry logs. In the past we have obtained maple, ash, walnut, and pecan.
Our wooden utensils are designed to be used, although pretty, they are working utensils. Personally our wooden spoons and spatulas are used in my home every day.
Each and every utensil is unique, although patterns are similar the wood ultimately dictates what is made. Every piece is laid out by hand matching grain to design. Then they are cut, sanded, sanded, sanded, soaked ( to raise the grain)and sanded some more. When finally approved by Bob, each spoon and spatulas is sealed to prevent juices and odors from penetrating then given multiple coats of a mixture of food grade mineral oil, beeswax, carnauba wax and vitamin E.
There is a story with every piece made, be sure to get the history of your utensil:
The Katrina collection, The Lincoln collection and of course the “Lakebob” collection (our farm in Parke County In.)
Please explore our site and feel confident that you are getting a “one of a kind” no two alike work of art.
Starting his woodworking career at an early age, Bob has continued his love affair with wood for close to 50 years.
It was in 4-H in the early 60’s that got him interested in making wooden products. His first bookcase is still on display in his home. Eventually he got around to carving (30 yrs ago). It was late in his woodworking career that he found enjoyment in making pieces for friends and family.
Every piece sold by Wooden Spoons and Spatulas.com is handcrafted by Bob and only sold when he is satisfied with the final results. While machines could produce more, handcrafted is our motto, minimal power equipment is used.
We have a busy festival schedule, but always have time to communicate with you.
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At a recent festival one of the younger guests called us the “spanking spoon store”. Quite often we hear such stories, but “Grandpa Bob“ doesn’t suggest this as a use of his fine cooking utensils!
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