23 May

Spoon for a child in Rowan

Spoon – (Noun) From ‘Old English’ spon meaning “chip, shaving,” or Old Norse spann, sponn “chip, splinter,” Swedish spån “a wooden spoon,” Old Frisian spon, Middle Dutch spaen, Dutch spaan, Old High German span. In Greek the word ‘cochlea’ – which means a spiral shaped snail shell – is the word for a spoon. So whilst our Mediterranean forebears were using sea shells to scoop liquid and broth, early Britons made use of the materials readily available to them – coppiced timber. It is probable that spoons were copied from the cochleare introduced by the Romans.

Making a spoon involves cutting a large number of shavings from a piece of wood, in this case cleft from a branch of a Rowan Tree, using a curved knife called a crook or hook knife. You can acquire superb hook knives hand made by Ben Orford – I made this little spoon in 2 hours using one of his lovely hybrid crook knives. It is not quite finished yet, it needs a bit more sanding and polishing before it is sent to a little baby girl called Edie.

Here is the reverse side:

Spoon 2


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