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“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

Back in the day, everything was made of wood. Wood was the cheapest, most accessible material, and as a result, everything from spoons and furniture to footwear and boats were 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 four 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 handmade feel of the utensil gives the user a connection to the forest where the wood was acquired, 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.

What is the

WOOD CULTURE REVOLUTION?

When I carved my first wooden spoon four 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 handmade feel of the utensil gives the user a connection to the forest where the wood was acquired, 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 only made of naturally fallen wood from Ontario forests

Support local craftspeople

When you buy a Hockleycrest spoon, you're supporting a young, local craftsperson

About me

My name is Peter Moule. I'm a fourth year university student studying Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Although I grew up in Southern Ontario, my time is now split between Thunder Bay and my home in the Hockley Valley, just outside Orangeville.

 

I've been working with wood my whole life, and made my first spoon about four years ago. Although the first spoons were pretty rough and unattractive, a few hundred spoons later I'm starting to figure this carving thing out.

When I'm not carving, I enjoy sea kayaking, canoeing, telemark skiing and mountain biking.

 

WANT TO SEE HOW I MAKE A SPOON?