“Every person who handles a pen is indebted to the spoon- indebted to it for their daily food; and yet, who among them have ever written a word in its praise?”
- Thomas Ewbank, "The Spoon", 1845
My name is Peter Moule. I'm a wood worker and outdoor instructor living in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
I've been working with wood for as long as I can remember, and made my first spoon about seven years ago. Although my early spoons were pretty rough, a thousand or so spoons later I'm starting to get the hang of it.
When I'm not carving, I enjoy canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, skiing, cycling, photography, gardening and baking.
Everything used to be made of wood. Wood was the cheapest, most accessible material, and as a result, everything from spoons and furniture to footwear and boats was made from it. However, recent technological advances have led to the rise of materials like plastics, which although cheaper than wood, are far less sustainable and lack beauty and character.
The Wood Culture Revolution describes the rebellion against cheaply made, mass-produced items in favour of high quality, meaningful things. It represents the return of wood as an everyday material and an alternative to less sustainable options. By choosing higher quality, local products, not only are you making a more sustainable choice, but you are also receiving a product with more meaning while supporting local artisans and craftspeople.
When I carved my first wooden spoon seven years ago, I was hooked. Carving a spoon with traditional hand tools is a meditative experience, and starting with a simple piece of wood and watching a spoon take shape in front of you with just a few knives is almost magical. A piece of wood, that was a tree often just a couple hours before, becomes a functional, beautiful spoon right before your eyes.
Using a high quality, hand carved spoon in the kitchen is a similarly magical experience: the use of local wood and the handmade feel of the utensil gives the user a connection to the forest where the wood was from, the craftsperson who put their time and effort into the creation of the spoon, and the age old tradition of creating these beautiful kitchen tools.
WHY CHOOSE HAND CARVED?
Beautiful and unique
Each spoon is totally unique, and will add a new element of beauty to your kitchen
Know where your wood comes from
Hockleycrest spoons are made of sustainably harvested wood from Ontario forests
Support local craftspeople
When you buy a Hockleycrest spoon, you're supporting a local independent craftsperson