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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.

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