Sunday, April 13, 2008

Salt Spoon

Title: Oak Leaf Salt Spoon
Wood Species: Basswood
Technique: Standard Carving using a knife
Finishing: NaturOil

In the ancient world, sharing salt was considered a sign of friendship and many cultures had hospitality rules that including sharing salt and bread with visitors. Salt was a scarce commodity and to have salt on the table was a sign of wealth to everyone who ate with the owner. Today salt spoons are normally found in antique stores made of silver but I thought it made sense that a poorer man would have a spoon carved of wood.

Here is a salt spoon carved from basswood in the loose interpretation of an oak leaf and acorn cap. As the picture shows, the piece is only three inches long and might hold 1/2 a teaspoon of salt. The images show the front, side, and back of the spoon.

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