When I carved my first wooden spoon eight years ago, I was hooked.
Carving a spoon with traditional hand tools is a meditative experience, and starting with a simple piece of wood and watching a spoon take shape in front of you with just a few knives is magical. A piece of wood, that was a tree often just a few hours before, becomes a functional, beautiful utensil right before your eyes.
Using a hand carved spoon in the kitchen is a similarly magical experience: the use of local wood and the handmade feel of the utensil gives the user a connection to the forest where the wood originated, the craftsperson who put their time and effort into the creation of the spoon, and the age old tradition of creating these beautiful kitchen tools.
My name is Peter Moule.
I’m a woodworker and outdoor instructor living in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
I’ve been working with wood for as long as I can remember, and made my first spoon about eight years ago. Although my early spoons were pretty rough, a thousand or so spoons later I’m starting to get the hang of it. Recently, I’ve also been expanding into handmade vernacular chairs and furniture.
When I’m not carving, I enjoy sea kayaking on Lake Superior, cross country skiing, cycling, photography, gardening and baking.