MississippiSpoon

Handmade wooden spoons, spurtles in Cherry and Walnut

Brandon, Mississippi
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Announcement    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/business/2016/08/02/it-is-my-job-woodworker-steve-windham-brandon/87958802/

Get to know me a little bit better. Copy and paste the link above. If you like what you see, go to my (FACEBOOK PAGE) and Like it.Link is at the bottom of this page. I am new to Etsy.com, but not new to spoon making. I have built an inventory that is ready to ship. I use mostly Cherry and Walnut, because customers love the colors. All my spoons and salad bowls comes with a Care Kit for free. I put the spoon in a plastic sleeve and seal the ends, so if the post office has a bad day your spoon won't be damaged and the packing material won't soak up the oil on the spoon. My spoons are nice to look at as well as to use. Almost all the spoons and spatulas have a bumpy old look and a new feel to the handles. This is a technique my dad taught me years ago. I started doing more handles that are smooth because customers on Etsy might not know what I'm describing. You just have to feel them. Some of my spoons bowls are round, which I turn on the wood lathe. The others I chisel and scrape the bowls. Wet wood I boil in water for strength, let dry then, I sand smooth, then wash, dry and re-sand, then coat with a beeswax, mineral oil mix. Let dry, then buff.
I noticed that a lot of big sellers of wooden spoons on Etsy make their spoons on an CNC machine and telling the customer that it's handmade. People buy what they want, but the thing that gets to me is the customer thinks they are great craftsmen and all they are doing is pushing a button on a computer. Remember my items are handmade and the one you are buying is not going to look exactly like the one in the picture. It's been sold along time ago, but it will be close.
I saw an old spoon in my wife’s spoon drawer the other day, so I asked where she got it. She told me my mother gave it to her before she pasted. This spoon was a spoon I made when I was a kid. I burnt the bowl out, the carved it. Didn’t know mom even kept it. Oh well life goes on.
My pepper mills are made with exotic wood and most of the designs are from some of my table and chair leg, I used to turn. I make different size salad bowl and will post as I get them made. Cutting boards are one of kind. No two alike. Most every weekend I’m at some arts and crafts festival, hope to cut back some with Etsy.
Thanks for looking and if you ever have a question please contact me.
Steve

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Last updated on Sep 20, 2022

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/business/2016/08/02/it-is-my-job-woodworker-steve-windham-brandon/87958802/

Get to know me a little bit better. Copy and paste the link above. If you like what you see, go to my (FACEBOOK PAGE) and Like it.Link is at the bottom of this page. I am new to Etsy.com, but not new to spoon making. I have built an inventory that is ready to ship. I use mostly Cherry and Walnut, because customers love the colors. All my spoons and salad bowls comes with a Care Kit for free. I put the spoon in a plastic sleeve and seal the ends, so if the post office has a bad day your spoon won't be damaged and the packing material won't soak up the oil on the spoon. My spoons are nice to look at as well as to use. Almost all the spoons and spatulas have a bumpy old look and a new feel to the handles. This is a technique my dad taught me years ago. I started doing more handles that are smooth because customers on Etsy might not know what I'm describing. You just have to feel them. Some of my spoons bowls are round, which I turn on the wood lathe. The others I chisel and scrape the bowls. Wet wood I boil in water for strength, let dry then, I sand smooth, then wash, dry and re-sand, then coat with a beeswax, mineral oil mix. Let dry, then buff.
I noticed that a lot of big sellers of wooden spoons on Etsy make their spoons on an CNC machine and telling the customer that it's handmade. People buy what they want, but the thing that gets to me is the customer thinks they are great craftsmen and all they are doing is pushing a button on a computer. Remember my items are handmade and the one you are buying is not going to look exactly like the one in the picture. It's been sold along time ago, but it will be close.
I saw an old spoon in my wife’s spoon drawer the other day, so I asked where she got it. She told me my mother gave it to her before she pasted. This spoon was a spoon I made when I was a kid. I burnt the bowl out, the carved it. Didn’t know mom even kept it. Oh well life goes on.
My pepper mills are made with exotic wood and most of the designs are from some of my table and chair leg, I used to turn. I make different size salad bowl and will post as I get them made. Cutting boards are one of kind. No two alike. Most every weekend I’m at some arts and crafts festival, hope to cut back some with Etsy.
Thanks for looking and if you ever have a question please contact me.
Steve

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About MississippiSpoon

Sales 8,584
On Etsy since 2016

Lifetime Woodworker

Mississippi Spoons/Windham’s Woodworks is owned by me, Steve Windham and I am located in Brandon, Mississippi. I work with all kinds of wood, both domestic and exotic. I build a wide-range of products from large pieces of furniture to small boxes, bowls, and cooking spoons. I am a member of the American Association of Wood turners, Magnolia Wood turners and a Fellow and Standards Committee member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi. I have also won several awards for my woodturning art. With pieces in three museums in Mississippi, articles in Eat. Drink. Mississippi, American Style, Magnolia State of Mind magazines and the cover of Ridgeland Life magazine. One piece bought for permanent collection of The Growth Alliance and two pieces were also taken to Japan in July of 2007 and given as gifts to CEO of Toyota and Nissan.

Most people want to know how I got started with woodworking. I was about ten years old when dad gave me my first hammer and hand saw. My dad taught me the value of wood. I started off building my first tool box, then dog and bird houses. Dad always told me to think a project out before starting. I can remember as a boy, when playing up and down the street, I would always look at their house and wonder how I could change it. The house never did get changed, but later in life I did get the chance to build my own and it was a thirteen year ordeal. I actual did my first spoon when I was about eleven and man did it look pretty rough. Dad and I would go camping in the woods, over the weekends with old sleeping bags, nicknacks, build a fire, and then we were set. This is where I learned how to make spoons. Around Christmas time we would make spoons to give as gifts and they were well received. Over the years some of the tools and techniques have changed, but I still use most of my daddy’s old tools. When working in dad’s furniture shop, I became interested in turned chair and table legs. So I went out and bought a wood lathe. This was back in 1971, and my dad was not a wood turner and there was no information except three pages in the owner’s manual. I can pretty much say I am self-taught.
After high school, I went into the automotive parts business with my mother Kaytee. In 1981 met my wife Ella. 1988 we started building a house in the woods, finished in 2000. The house is a two story home with living quarters upstairs and my woodworking business downstairs. In 2004, I built another shop to accommodate my woodturning. Mother and I moved the business from Jackson to Byram, Mississippi, in November of 1994 and I designed the new building. In June of 1998, NAPA Auto Parts approached us about purchasing both the business and property. Mother and I sold the business and I embraced the opportunity to go back to doing what I really wanted to do - working with wood. I sell small turned items and spoons at art shows in the spring and fall of each year. During the summer, you will find me at the Jackson Farmer's Market. I invite everyone to stop by and see me!

Shop members

  • Steve Windham

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Mississippi Spoons/Windham’s Woodworks is owned by me, Steve Windham and I am located in Brandon, Mississippi. I work with all kinds of wood, both domestic and exotic. I build a wide-range of products from salad bowls to spoons

  • Ella Windham

    Wife And Quality Control

    Steve and i have been married for 36 years now, and we purchased our land 1 year after. We built the house and wood shop. I usually help Steve with the finishing and at art festivals. I love meeting and talking to people.

  • Mr. Harvey and Miss Dixie

    Shop Formans

    We don't do that much, but we like to watch Steve work.

  • Miss Gracie

    Assistant

    New apprentice, but likes too play to much

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Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Cooking Spoon Care

Hand Wash with hot water and Antibacterial soap (Dial, Ajax, etc.)
NO DISHWASHER
DO NOT LEAVE SITTING IN WATER
Let air dry.
If you want a smoother feel after washing, lightly sand with fine sandpaper(220 grit)
Oil or Wax (food safe mineral oil, butcher block oil or my special blend of wax)
Wipe dry.
Oil once about every 2 to 6 months or just when you please, the more the better
If you spoon develops a crack, this doesn't mean it's no good. It's just means you have to clean it a little better.

Custom and personalized orders

I do not do custom orders any more. Just don't have time

Care instructions

I do put How to take care of cards in your order.If you want some to go with gifts, you can go and purchase some at the Care Products section. https://www.etsy.com/listing/463441319/large-and-complimentary-care-kit-for?ref=shop_home_active_1&crt=1

Are Items Ready to Ship

ALL ITEMS ARE READY TO SHIP, (accept made to order or special order) No waiting. I usually ship the same day or next day, depending on the time of the order. SHIPPING NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT TO YOU ONCE THE ORDER HAS SHIPPED. WHEN YOU GET THIS NOTIFICATION IT MEANS ITS BOX AND READY FOR PICKUP. THEN GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THAT EMAIL AND YOU WILL SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE USPS EXPECTS. ANOTHER E-MAIL WILL BE SENT YOU WHEN USPS SCANS IT DELIVERED

Are Your Items Handmade

YES. I use mostly Cherry and Walnut, because customers love the colors. I put the spoon in a plastic sleeve and seal the ends, so if the post office has a bad day your spoon won't be damaged and the packing material won't soak up the oil on the spoon. My spoons are nice to look at as well as to use. Almost all the spoons and spatulas have a bumpy old look and a new feel to the handles. This is a technique my dad taught me years ago. I started doing more handles that are smooth because customers on Etsy might not know what I'm describing. You just have to feel them. Some of my spoons bowls are round, which I turn on the wood lathe. The others I chisel and scrape the bowls. No CNC machine

Out Of Stock Items

When you see a Out of Stock item, you can request a restock notification. When made I will put it back in inventory and Etsy will email you.

What do you use for the finish?

When I finish sanding, I soak then in mineral oil and let dry. Then when they are sold, I put a nice coat of mineral oil / beeswax mix.

Do I charge a return fee?

Yes. I normally charge 20% cost of that item