How are wooden spoons made?
Sorry, I tried to delete my post but I couldn't figure out how. I realized this was not the right forum for my question. It was more of a wood carving question.
But since this thread now exists, all I can say is:
75 cents?!?! 75 cents?! What would take me hours to carve, and countless more to develop the skill in order to do so, can be bought for 75 cents?!
<75 cents?!?! 75 cents?! What would take me hours to carve, and countless more to develop the skill in order to do so, can be bought for 75 cents?!>
So is pretty much everything. It will take me forever to make electronic transistor, and I can buy it for $5. Yes, done that -- gone through the process in school.
there's a heartbreaking story by the brothers Grimm about a kid observing the treatment of his grandfather so carves a bowl and spoon for his father, so when the day comes that he's old and can't chew and is forced to sit on the floor in the corner with his sad gruel he'll have a proper dish.
it's really short and I about cried. and laughed. and then got choked up a bit again.
Most wooden utensils you see in stores & etc are made on CNC carving machines. There is a hopper at one end for a load of blanks & the finished pieces come out the other end. The cost is in the wood and the capital expense to buy & program the machinery. There's no human touch in it. There are lots of youtube videos of CNC carving machines if you want to watch them.
I used to be able to buy hand carved wooden spoons and other tools made by a guy in Carthage, MO. I bought them at a Made in MO store in Columbia, MO. I do have one spoon left at present. But I don't know what I'll do when my two hand carved spatulas wear out! They are so perfect, I can't imagine using anything else. The edges are wearing down; I don't know how much longer these guys can remain useful.
But you can occasionally find hand made wooden kitchen tools, if you attend craft fairs and pioneer days types of events.
The wooden tools I find at normal kitchen stores are almost always awkward to use.
When I travel, hand carved cooking spoons are a souvenir of choice. I know it sounds odd but they are light weight and a lovely reminder of my travels. I have olive wood from Italy, Mesquite from Arizona and so on. Nothing beats a utensil made with love and they all fit beautifully in my hand.