This is my vision above all else: to pursue the boundaries of wood, and find within the true creative process, a freedom that captivates the mind, body, and soul.
I've often said that it was my goal to carve wood into exquisite treasures, but this means nothing if I can't discover what it means to be truly alive and well.
I started out my hobby of spoon making with very little knowledge about woodworking. My background wasn't in carpantry or woodworking, so, I had a rough start. Later this new found hobby of mine would turn out to be a full-time career. For the most part, I've been self-taught. I picked up a few videos of spoon makers and developed a few skills and techniques as I tried new techniques and ideas learned from other spoon makers. As time went on, I developed a system that works for me and has proven to be effective in producing functional pieces that work well in the kitchen. Some days, I find it hard to believe that I can pull a piece of rough lumber from the stacks and turn it into a kitchen utensil. Not vary many people could do that. Sometimes my pieces are magical, sometimes they are dysfunctional, and yet they always turn out to be useful works of art. I like to say art because this is what I would like to call my work. Even though my work is functional the design and thought process has always been a balance of art, skill, and personal style. I revisit the templates I've created over the years, and adjust them according to my customers feedback. This year, I'll be looking into making measuring cups and ingredient bowls. These will complement my tablespoon measuring set and still hold true to my classic ideas. Only time will tell if they turn out to be a success.
Spoons For Soup Kitchens is a fundraising campaign to help those looking for food and other essentials in Mid-Coast Maine area. The program is meant to help people who can't meet their basic needs with either food or other general assistants. 100% of your donation goes directly to Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program. In return for your donation, a handmade spoon made by one of the leading spoon makers in New England, will be mailed to each donor as a thank you for supporting this campaign.* Your direct financial support will helps those in most need.
WHAT IS "SPOONS FOR SOUP KITCHENS"?
"Spoons For Soup Kitchens" is a fundraising campaign founded by Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine. The campaign started in 2015 to help those looking to find basic food assistants and other essential needs. Carved Wooden Spoons of Brunswick, Maine has generously donated time, resources, and other costs to make this campaign a success. Jason says, "It's critical that we as a community offer a helping hand to our brothers and sisters who, for what ever reason, find themselves trapped in poverty." Carved Wooden Spoons covers the cost of materials required to make the spoon, the time required to make the spoon, and the cost of the shipping the spoon! This years spoon is made from Maine Maple and hand engraved with "Spoons For Soup Kitchens 2016". Last year Spoons For Soup Kitchens had a successful year but still more is needed.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
1. Click the Donation Link above to make a donation.
2. After you donate, you will receive an email confirmation from MCHPP.
3. Email the donation confirmation letter along with your address to: email@example.com
Once your donation confirmation letter has been emailed to me, you will receive your 2016 Spoons For Soup Kitchens handmade spoon like the one pictured in about 3 to 5 days.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I DONATE?
The campaign suggested donation amount is: $25.00, however, prayerfully consider what you are able do give and remember no amount is too small. With your help we can make a difference.
WHAT IS YOUR FUNDRAISING GOAL?
My personal goal is to raise $500 by December 31, 2016.
CAN I DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM?
Yes, this is how the program works! You donate directly to MCHPP!
*Limited quantity. Only one spoon per household.
After carful consideration and deliberation of design elements. This year 2016 will be part of keeping my brand unique and stylish while at the same time keeping that classing wood feel. I don't want to be, as someone had pointed out recently, "just another spoon maker". NO! I'm really not, but what was I to say to this statement? I think my work brings an element of class not seen in spoon making. How ever different I am, I strive to make unique kitchenware. This year will be focusing on my brand as a whole and what it takes to create such a unique work of art. Without a doubt there is a lot of work that goes into making kitchenware and I want my customers to understand and appreciate the process.
I've ordered new product tags and will be launching one new product each month in 2016. For March, my new product is cutting it's way to the top of my list and I hope you'll be spreading the news of my small cheese and jam spreader! It 6-inches long, it's the smaller brother to my longer 11-inch spreader, but keeping within the brand style of the classic inlay accent. The contrasting of woods inlay will continue to be my brand theme throughout the year. I hope you stay tuned and share my new designs as they are launched.
These spoons are made from Swiss Pear and accented with Wenge wood in front and back of the handle. Although Swiss Pear is very expensive and hard wood to obtain, it's well worth the effort. The smooth transitions from neck to the wide handle gives this kitchen spoon depth and feel, and coupled together with a front edge allowing for complete controllability while cooking. It's sure to be a favorite at my show this year!
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.