These wee wooden spoons have been carved in central Scotland from wych elm wood. They are a medium brown in colour with a beautiful and distinctive grain pattern.
The spoons are cut from an elm board using a hand saw and carved to shape before being hand sanded to a fine finish. I then "de-whisker" to prevent roughing up on washing and finish with a food grade mineral oil to enhance the grain and protect the wood.
They are around 10-12cm (4-4.5") long with a 1.6cm - 2cm wide spoon bowl.
Note the price is just for one spoon, they are shown as a group to show the variation within each piece.
Wych Elm is the only elm native to Britain, although it is rarer now due to Dutch elm disease. It is found growing in rocky woodlands and near streams and ditches. This wood was taken from the dropped branch of a healthy tree.
The wood is easy to bend and finds use in the construction of boxes, baskets and furniture. It is a common wood for making shinty and hockey sticks, often having a suitable natural shape to it and where that is lacking the wood can be bent to shape.
In folklore the Elm is often associated with faeries, death and the underworld but “wych” does not refer to witches, rather to the pliancy of the wood.
Please have a wee browse through my "Spoons" collection on the main page of my shop as I make these in a variety of other wood species. https://folksy.com/shops/TheConkerTree
While on a family holiday to Drumbeg in Assynt my mother, who works in a pottery shop, mentioned she was needing a supplier of salt spoons in a variety of native woods as their previous one was no longer able to supply, so I learned to carve spoons like these.
Shipping & delivery
This item will be posted to you by The Conker Tree within 3 days of receiving payment.
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