KitchenCarvings

Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas, cooking utensils

Colorado, United States · 8072 Sales

KitchenCarvings

Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas, cooking utensils

Colorado, United States 8072 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Looks like our shop has been cleaned out. We will add some new utensils this week. We have deactivated most of our listings temporarily in order to get caught up on existing orders. So if you are wondering why our shop is so empty, that is why. When we bring back listings they will be for ready to ship items only except for our measuring cups. When we have something it will be listed and when it isn't it means we don't currently have it . We will have a limited number of pieces in our ready to ship shop section. We can no longer keep up with demand making things made to order. That means from now on if you see something you want it may be gone when you come back until we make some more.

Cooking never felt so good!. Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils and cutting boards made by two people with a passion for cooking. We will also be adding some ready to ship pieces soon.

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Last updated on Jul 1, 2016

Looks like our shop has been cleaned out. We will add some new utensils this week. We have deactivated most of our listings temporarily in order to get caught up on existing orders. So if you are wondering why our shop is so empty, that is why. When we bring back listings they will be for ready to ship items only except for our measuring cups. When we have something it will be listed and when it isn't it means we don't currently have it . We will have a limited number of pieces in our ready to ship shop section. We can no longer keep up with demand making things made to order. That means from now on if you see something you want it may be gone when you come back until we make some more.

Cooking never felt so good!. Handmade wooden spoons, spatulas, kitchen utensils and cutting boards made by two people with a passion for cooking. We will also be adding some ready to ship pieces soon.

Robert Kidd

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Robert Kidd

Big manly wooden spoon carved from Cherry wood
US$32.00
4 oz wood treatment
US$13.00
1 ounce spoon oil treatment
US$7.00

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About

Carving spoons as a small husband and wife cottage industry.

I love wood. I love the sound a fresh green log makes as I split it with Froe and Mallet and the excitement of seeing what lies within. I love the feeling of my drawknife as it slices away, the shavings curling into my lap. I love the smell of air dried cherry, like roses. I love working with the grain and color and the contrast between the deep cinnamon heartwood and the bright yellow sapwood of a piece of Honey Mesquite. I love working with the shape of a piece of wood as I cut until a final shape starts to emerge. I also love to cook.

Not many people can say they make their living at a shaving horse in the 21st century but we do. I started carving spoons in the fall of 2001. I was already a certifiable wood nut. At the time I was doing custom stairs and hand rails and custom finish carpentry. I was really interested in doing something with found wood that would be a break from the highly technical stair and cabinet work. I was also intensely interested in harvesting and drying my own wood. I started going to tree trimmers to look through their waste piles and I found treasures. I found Apricot wood with rippling oranges and reds, Apple and Plum and Cherry wood and beautiful Logs of Black Walnut that once grew along tree lined streets in Denver. I found some wonderful English Elm wood that came from a tree cut down on the School of Mines campus in Golden. Soon I had small planks leaning up all over the shop drying that I had band sawed out of small logs and limbs of these waste woods. I started carving spoons and using them in my kitchen. I gave them away as gifts and soon people were calling me out of the blue to ask if they could buy them. I started selling them through galleries and they were hard to keep in stock. My wife Gwynne started having to help me to keep up with demand. She became very good at the final shaping and finishing, working at our shaving horse "Rosinante" . I started our Etsy shop in January 2011. Now Gwynne and I work side by side in our shop which is in an old dairy barn with a fantastic view looking out over Barley and Potato fields to the 14,000 ft. peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in Southern Colorado. We are surrounded by thousands of pieces of wood that we have collected and that people have brought us over the years. That is half of our inspiration. The other half is our love of cooking and I think that aspect really shows in the utensils we make. I know if I enjoy using a design that others will too. We are constantly tinkering with the designs in our kitchens.

I start the process by selecting the wood for each piece. I shape it on the Bandsaw first doing the contours as much as I can, using the bandsaw as I would a carving knife. I make my decisions about where to remove wood quickly, "in the span of seven breaths" as the Samurai would say. I keep on removing the parts I don't like until the shape is close to being finalized. I hollow out the bowl and then give it to Gwynne, who gives it the final shape and sexy lines with draw knife, spoke shave and fine pattern maker's rasps at the shaving horse. The whole process is done by eye and by feel. Then she sands them to a silky smooth finish, raising the grain with hot water between grits of sandpaper. This removes any loose fiber ends that could become rough during use. Then the spoons are bathed in 160 degree mineral oil and Beeswax and then polished. Each spoon is individually wrapped and packed in wood shavings specially made with a #5 Stanley Jack Plane from scrap wood.

. The best part about having an Etsy shop is interacting with the customers via convo, so please feel free to contact us with questions.

Below is a link to an article about us from last year.

http://veranellies.blogspot.com/2013/01/buy-handmade-v-44.html

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  • Robert Kidd

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I grew up in Virginia and moved to Colorado in 1987. Met Gwynne and we were married in 1991. We live in Rural Colorado. I started carving spoons in 2001. I have been a woodworker since 1995.

  • Gwynne Kidd

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I was born and raised on the farm we now live on. I started carving spoons with Rob in 2003. I do the final shaping and finishing as well as the shipping. We have 3 children ages 19, 17 and 4. I also raise Sheep and Goats.

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