A Hand-Carved Baby Spoon

Duo Fiberworks

One thing we tend to go through an endless supply of in our house is spoons. Tea spoons, soup spoons, ladles — you name it, chances are they are all in the dishwasher. Now that our daughter is 'feeding' herself (more accurately, the floor) we find that baby spoons fall into this missing in action category as well. That's one reason why this hand-carved wooden spoon caught my eye. The other is its simple beauty.

There is something about reducing the scale of everyday objects that makes them seem mysterious or almost magical. Take this baby spoon, carved by Katie of Duo Fiberworks as a gift for a baby shower. Watching it come to life under her hands, you realize that the curved lines and hollowed bowl are subtly graceful in a way you have never noticed before.

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This project is a simple one, requiring little more than a sharp whittling knife, an inexpensive carving scoop (her scoop is to be envied but not necessary for beginners), and some time. A handmade gift that is useful is a double-win in my book.

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(Images: Katie/Duo Fiberworks)