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Wooden kitchen spatula - hand carved by Will Priestley, Somerset.

Length - 31 cm

Blade width - 5 cm

Traditional, elegant and sturdy. Will carves all his utensils with an axe and knives from ethically sourced wood, decorated with milk paint and treated with pure linseed oil.

They have a useful point to get to those hard to reach corners of pots and pans. 

All spoons are tool finished to leave a smooth surface, no sandpaper is used in the process.

A few words from Will - "How I carve a cooking spoon" :

- I start by splitting the wood using an axe and a big whacker (technical term).
- Still with the axe, I roughly shape the spatula. The closer I can get to the final shape, the less knife work I’ll have to do.
- I use a carving knife to refine the shape. It’s very easy to be complacent and cut yourself so by learning safe techniques and making them habit, accidents become very few and far between.
- Lastly is to soften some of the edges with the carving knife. These cuts are important as they make the spatula more comfortable to use and more durable.
I let it dry for a few days before I paint the handle, or leave it au natural. I use milk paint to decorate my work; it’s a mix of milk protein, lime powder and natural pigment that just needs water. Once the paint is dry, I treat with pure linseed oil. This helps to waterproof and to bring the colour of the wood out really nicely. After a few more days to let the oil dry (sunlight really helps speed this up).