I don’t generally work to commission but every once in a while, I’m offered something that catches my attention. These two eating spoons are from a piece of an ancient pear tree that was cut back during building work at Hexham Abbey. My customer had managed to save a piece of a branch and asked me to carve some wooden spoons he could use in his kitchen. I love that part of the world and making something from the timber is a way of preserving the tree forever and connecting that history in the present.
The small section was quite twisted and dry so there was more work involved in carving these eating spoons than normal but the colours and story make it worth the effort.