Sycamore (the English version a maple – Acer pseudoplantanus, not American sycamore a plane – Platanus occidentalis) is a lovely wood to carve and dries hard and durable. It was the wood of choice for Welsh Cawl spoons and for clog soles in Wales. It can have pretty flecking and spalts nicely but is often quite plain and I like to decorate it with either milk paint or chip carving.

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    Lavaspoon eater sycamore and milk paint

    Lavaspoon – sycamore and milk paint eating spoon

    Length: 16 – 17cm (6 1/4 – 6 3/4 inches)
    Bowl width: 4.5cm
    Bowl length: 6cm
    Finish: hemp seed oil

    A sycamore eating spoon with my special red and black milk paint finish, folks at Spoonfest called them lavaspoons and the name has stuck. This is a standard item, I’m not posting separate pictures of each one. The length varies slightly but there is very little to choose between them. All the same and each different as Barn would say.

    The milk paint is applied thickly and sanded back to reveal the raised points on the facets. The final rub down is with 0000 wire wool and gives a super smooth finish that is just lovely to hold.

    £35.00
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    Seaspoon sycamore and milk paint eating spoon

    Seaspoon – sycamore and milk paint eating spoon

    Length: 16.5cm (6 1/2 inches)
    Bowl width: 4.5cm
    Bowl length: 6cm
    Finish: milk paint and hemp seed oil

    A sycamore eating spoon with my ewer blue and white finish inspired by ripples on the sea (specifically the beaches at Llangrannog in Cardigan Bay). Hence the name, seaspoon – it’s not a teaspoon, it’s a seaspoon.

    The top surface of the handle is slightly hollowed and those little ripples are a tempting titillation for your thumb to explore.

    These are carved to a pretty consistent size and shape so you are buying a generic seaspoon eating spoon and not a particular one. They’re pretty hard to tell apart in truth unless you’re got 2 side by side. All the same but each different.

     

    £35.00
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    Cawl spoon in sycamore with a chip carved handle

    Cawl spoon with folk art decorated handle

    Length: 25cm (10 inches)
    Bowl width: 7.3cm
    Bowl length: 5.8cm
    Bowl depth: 1.5cm
    Finish: red ochre and hemp seed oil

    This radial sycamore cawl spoon has a deep oval bowl like proper old fashioned slupring cawl spoons. Designed for drining broth or thin soups and stews it could also be used as a ladle or serving spoon.

    The handle decoration is a mixture of chip carving and other marks made with a small pick knife. Ochre pigment is applied in a water wash and penetrates deepest on all the cut surfaces making them darker and more intensly coloured. The design is spontaneous and emergent in the the carving process, there will never be another one just like this. I like to think this style of decoration sits within the folk art tradition of adding beauty to simple household utensils.

    £60.00
  • ladle with folk art decorated handle

    Ladle with folk art decorated handle

    Length: 30cm (12 inches)
    Bowl width: 7cm
    Bowl length: 8cm
    Bowl depth: 2cm
    Finish: red ochre and hemp seed oil

    This ladle is made from a sycamore crook. The handle decoration is a mixture of chip carving and other marks made with a small pick knife. Ochre pigment is applied in a water wash and penetrates deepest on all the cut surfaces making them darker and more intensly coloured. The design is spontaneous and emergent in the the carving process, there will never be another one just like this. I like to think this style of decoration sits within the folk art tradition of adding beauty to simple household utensils.

    £90.00