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Marvels of craftsmanship, beauty, and function, Joshua Vogel's
hand-carved kitchenware is coveted far and wide. In The Artful
Wooden Spoon
, Vogel shares more than 100 gorgeous pieces from his
workshop gallery, providing rich visual inspiration along with
explaining the principles behind handcrafting spoons and sharing simple
instructions and step-by-step photographs—no expertise and very
few tools required. With more than 225 photographs of Vogel's stunning
specimens, this visual introduction to the craft is an invitation to
explore an age-old art and to create a timeless gift.

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Reviews for The Artful Wooden Spoon: How to Make Exquisite Keepsakes for the Kitchen:

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Apr 07, 2018

A masterful guide, although the organization was a bit too narrative for me. This is definitely a great resource, though, for people with interest in woodcraft and those with fine wooden objects to care for.
5

Dec 17, 2017

Beautiful. Inspiring. Wish I knew more about specific gouges, sweeps and which to purchase bang-for-the-buck.
4

Aug 01, 2019

I just wanted to look at some pretty wooden spoons. And I did. And it was nice.
5

Jun 17, 2016

So it is highly unlikely that I will ever craft a wooden spoon, but that doesn't mean that learning about the process cannot be fascinating. I saw this book on the Chronicle Books website where I often order gifts and thought it looked interesting but wasn't ready to buy it. It was a nice surprise to find it for loan with my library. I'm so glad I took a look at it. The photography is gorgeous and the writing is excellent and I would even say artful. Vogel speaks to the creative process and So it is highly unlikely that I will ever craft a wooden spoon, but that doesn't mean that learning about the process cannot be fascinating. I saw this book on the Chronicle Books website where I often order gifts and thought it looked interesting but wasn't ready to buy it. It was a nice surprise to find it for loan with my library. I'm so glad I took a look at it. The photography is gorgeous and the writing is excellent and I would even say artful. Vogel speaks to the creative process and encourages the reader in the process of crafting a spoon in such a manner that it would be a real joy to undertake. As a matter of fact, I jotted down a couple of quotes from the book regarding creativity. He writes "Exercising creativity is about reconciling the destructive beginnings of transformation."

He also shares ideas about what the term "hand-made" truly means. This would make a terrific gift for a woodworker, or someone who enjoys the artisan work. It would also be a lovely gift for chefs, cooks or "foodies." The photography is stunning and the text is very well written. ...more
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Jan 14, 2016

This is a gorgeous book and an inspiration to any serious handcrafter. Lovely photographs, clear and useful instructions that might actually lead me to make a wooden spoon, intimate tone and thoughtful meditations on life and craft. Just considered as a book, it's well written, edited and designed.

Even if I never end up making a wooden spoon, it speaks to my life as a poet, a student jeweler, a person who gets satisfaction from making things. Includes a serious appreciation of personal power This is a gorgeous book and an inspiration to any serious handcrafter. Lovely photographs, clear and useful instructions that might actually lead me to make a wooden spoon, intimate tone and thoughtful meditations on life and craft. Just considered as a book, it's well written, edited and designed.

Even if I never end up making a wooden spoon, it speaks to my life as a poet, a student jeweler, a person who gets satisfaction from making things. Includes a serious appreciation of personal power tools - he's not a purist - and how and when to use them. I bought the ebook, but I may spring for the "old technology," which is a hardcover priced below many paperbacks. ...more
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Jan 08, 2016

This book is filled with useful information for those new to spoon carving, but it does feel like a coffee table decoration. the style and layout is quite arty, but this is the artful spoon after all.
Glad I have the book, but there are better ones out there, Swedish carving techniques, for instance (buy the Swedish carving techniques dvd, it's brilliant).

this is dedicaticated to functional spoons, not love spoons.
5

Dec 29, 2015

this is a both a beautiful and informative book. A Christmas gift that I read quickly but will reread many times.
3

Dec 27, 2016

A very interesting book about wooden spoons. Who knew there was so much to say about them?

Lots of pictures, plus good easy to follow instructions for making your own wooden spoons.
5

Jan 03, 2018

an enjoyable, philosophical look at the craft of spoon carving. It has motivated back to the task... here is my favorite quote..."But what do we mean when we say "spoon"? The functionality of the bowl of a spoon suggests that it is to be used to collect of scoop what we might have trouble picking up or manipulating with our fingers alone. A handle, allowing maneuverability, leverage, control, and distance, is another requisite part. Together, the bowl and the handle create a unique form we know an enjoyable, philosophical look at the craft of spoon carving. It has motivated back to the task... here is my favorite quote..."But what do we mean when we say "spoon"? The functionality of the bowl of a spoon suggests that it is to be used to collect of scoop what we might have trouble picking up or manipulating with our fingers alone. A handle, allowing maneuverability, leverage, control, and distance, is another requisite part. Together, the bowl and the handle create a unique form we know to be widely employed for all things culinary, from measuring, mixing, and preparing to serving, and of course, eating. But are these the only uses for a spoon or just the ones that we are familiar with?" ...more
5

Dec 27, 2018

This is a fantastic book if you are looking to carve some spoons. Theres all the information about wood, safety and tools. The book goes through a simple first spoon carving with knives to more complex ones using saws and sanding. This book contains more or less the same information I received during a wood carving course so a great resource for beginners. I havent had the easiest of years and wood carving is one of these mindful activities that completely focuses my mind so I highly recommend This is a fantastic book if you are looking to carve some spoons. There’s all the information about wood, safety and tools. The book goes through a simple first spoon carving with knives to more complex ones using saws and sanding. This book contains more or less the same information I received during a wood carving course so a great resource for beginners. I haven’t had the easiest of years and wood carving is one of these mindful activities that completely focuses my mind so I highly recommend it. I’m nowhere near making my own spoons to use in the kitchen but looking to hone my skills to do that in the future! ...more
5

Dec 03, 2019

An ode to the handmade object

What a great little book! I'm not a woodworker, but after reading this I can imagine getting obsessed with carving wooden spoons. At the very least I will never look at a wooden spoon the same way again.

Ultimately, and more importantly, this is a valuable meditation on the value of making things by hand. A lovely, beautifully written book, with lots of elegant photographs. Loved it!
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May 11, 2017

Recommended to me by a craftsman, this is a wonderful introduction to the craft and zen of wooden spoon carving. Practical guidelines and tips entice the beginner into trying, while the beautiful photographs and reflective passages share the pleasure and philosophy of making things by hand. Easy to read and a pleasure to browse it is both practical and beautiful - like the spoons it features.

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