Each piece we make is completely unique, because of the process it goes through to become a spoon, a scoop, or whatever it is, and because of the inherent qualities of wood. The process usually starts in one of two ways: either we have an idea of a certain shape or type of utensil we want to create, which we sketch out first on paper and then trace onto a block of wood, or we find a certain piece of wood that just really wants to be turned into something, in which case the grain and patterns in the material dictate the shape.
We use a combination of power and hand tools to create our objects. After working out the shape we want, we cut out a "blank" on a bandsaw. Then comes the fun part: using gauges and a hook knife we scoop out the bowl, creating a mountain of wood curl confetti in the process. We use a carving knife, files, a drawknife, and a belt sander to shape the rest of the object. We then hand sand and scrape the wood until it is perfectly smooth. Drawing a scraper across the surface of the wood eliminates some of the scratches left by sandpaper and presses down the wood fibres instead of tearing them.
We finish our objects with a long soak in heat treated walnut oil. After their oil bath they get wiped dry and left alone for a week or two to let the oil harden, and then they get one last polish. Voilà!