One of our favorite artisan mediums, the collection of wood pieces here at Past Basket, is functional artwork at its most pure. Creating bowls, spoons, serving platters, cutting boards, and so many more beautiful pieces, our wood artisans use the beauty of the tree to fashion variations on the everyday that leave a breathtaking presentation.
One particular artisan, Jonathan Simons of Jonathan’s Spoons, has been one of our favorites to stock in store. His creations which are made of cherry wood, are not only strong and durable, but a beautiful addition to your kitchen and dining room. From stirring and scooping, to tongs, salad sets, and ladles, this American-made product is not only beautiful but purposeful.
I love the idea of a wooden spoon, but how do I care for them?
Jonathan stresses the importance of keeping your spoons “hydrated.”
“I do not recommend using a dishwasher for any wood, as the drying cycle dehydrates wood too rapidly which can cause it to crack, and cleaning agents may age the surface of the wood.”
Jonathan does recommend oiling his spoons occasionally with coconut oil.
While the color of the spoons will deepen based on frequency of use and age, one of the reasons we love Jonathan’s Spoons is because they eventually become a rich and handsome heirloom.
How old is the spoon?
Historians are not sure exactly when the spoon became an official utensil, but they are certain the tool has been used as early as the Neolithic Age. A treasured item in early life, according to Silver Magpies (a site dedicated to antique flatware), “The spoon has been our consistent dinner companion.”
Over time, spoons have evolved from being made of animal bones to the silver flatware of today. Jonathan’s Spoons, too, have transformed from lilac, plum, and honeysuckle woods to his preferred wood, cherry.
Sustainability is very important to Jonathan and he never uses or works around chemicals, polyurethanes, plastics or polymers.
“We cut our spoons from the best Pennsylvania Cherry Wood we can find, then we creatively sand our spoons; always considering how they will work while cooking or serving.”
His love for woodworking has become a successful business, that all started when he forgot to pack a spoon with his lunch almost 40 years ago, when necessity led him to quickly fashion a spoon out of scrap wood. Jonathan focuses on usability with every piece right along with aesthetics, always rooted in a mindset of creating quality American-made arts and crafts.
See more of Jonathan’s Spoons at Past Basket Milwaukee.