SpoonBowlKnife - Traditional, Handmade, Cool.

Mendocino, California


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About SpoonBowlKnife

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On Etsy since 2016

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I’m an ex-pat from Northern California, living with family most of the time on the Baja peninsula in Mexico, but also in Mendocino, CA when the mood hits us.. A woodworker for 50 years but retired I was unwilling to just kick back and relax while there were still wonderful things to be made. I create cool stuff in my open-air workshop in Mexico or my traditional US workshop using what comes to hand.

About the Name - SpoonBowlKnife is what we make, love, and sell. Basically it's stuff for the kitchen but the sheath and pocket knives fall more into the old-school "Guy" domain. Unfortunately GUYS are looky-looky and want to talk shop but girls generally carry the checkbook and can identify unique, handcrafted goods that can be used every day and will last a lifetime. So, we've got something for everyone at SpoonBowlKnife.

Spoons, bowls, and knives are all original, made of interesting materials. In the US we live on the family Tree Farm where California Redwood is the mode-o-day. An increasingly rare wood and absolutely gorgeous I sometimes use this but it's awfully soft in its native form so I'll generally opt for something harder. I use Claro Walnut, Black Acacia, East/West Maple, Madrone, Bay Laurel, Madrone, and Desert Ironwood to name a few. And, we do our own high tech "stabilization" of wood using a vacuum chamber, acrylic epoxies, etc., which allows us to provide beautiful spalted material. By adding dye to the stabilization process we can supply amazing color combos.

About Swiss Army Knives - I've always carried a folding pocket knife, since I was a kid. Mostly it's been one of those ubiquitous little red knives with scissors, toothpicks, awls, and corkscrews. I still use one several times a day, without thinking, So, now (2020) after a rather long education I can offer "modded EDC's" for general use. (Read - modified every day type knives. Like, one you'd just drop in your pocket and use as needed) I'm working on #130 something. Regarding resurrection: The Swiss Army knives I build are resurrected airport confiscated "weapons" the US government 's TSA has taken from innocent bystanders. (Just don't get me started...) These are sold at auction as salvage which is where I buy them in lots. I carefully disassemble each one, clean, and reassemble in various configurations using old school techniques, with the end result often unrecognizable as a Swiss Army knife.

Our kitchen, sheath, and folding knives are designed as working tools, not the so-called tactical, scull studded, full cleavage, black, cheesball damascus numbers so popular these days. (Sorry, they're probably OK, but we're not doing that.) I have large hands and the fixed blade knives usually have a handle big enough to wrap with all 4 fingers and thumb. Beautiful, simple, tough. Always!

About Shipping - Because I live and work mostly in Mexico shipping is problematic. (We all know the stories of the Mexican mail service. Actually, it ain’t bad, but..., I digress) Things listed for sale here reside in the US and are ready to ship from the west coast with the help of my lovely and helpful granddaughter Elisa.

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    About David – I’m an ex-pat from Northern California, living part time on the N. Coast and part time on the Baja peninsula in Mexico. A woodworker for 50 years I make Spoons, Bowls, and Knives.

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