Here's a look at the artisans mark that I place on each of my utensils. The mark starts with initials "JW" then the year the utensils was made, and then the number of the piece. I start in January counting each piece. So January starts with numbers 1,2,3, etc…. I'll usually end December in the 1000's. This picture was taken in February 2015, and I'm already at number 85 for the year. I average about 100 pieces per month plus or minus.
Why do you number your pieces?
I number my pieces because each one is unique. I do all of them by hand and no two are alike. There are always some variations in each piece, so, each is uniquely different from the rest. The wood grain is different, and my technical skills will hopefully get better with time. I really try to focus on making a great kitchen tool, something that would feel great in the hand and be fun to cook with. I have techniques and processes that leave me happy at the end of the day. It's really cool knowing that I've made something that's going to last a really long time.
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Jason Weymouth is the owner of Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine. He specializes in handmade heirloom quality wooden spoons, spatulas, and custom made kitchen utensils.