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.
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!
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.