Ladle with chip carved handle decoration


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 intensely 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.