I have always enjoyed woodworking, from small craft type projects, to large construction jobs. I have had a small woodshop in my garage for years. In late 2016, I felt the need to turn a once and a while trip to the woodshop into a part time job. For months, I had been following many spoon carvers on Instagram and Facebook. I admired all of the technique and skill that could go into turning a simple eating or cooking tool into a beautiful piece of functional art. I spent lots of time researching the finishing methods, making sure the pieces would be food safe and could withstand the abuse that repeated cooking and washing would dish out. I started out making eating spoons for myself and my family, occasionally posting pictures on my social media pages. Friends and family members were naturally my earliest customers. They pushed me to hone my skills and step out of my comfort zone on tougher designs. After the first few months, word started to spread. I started the Hilltop Spoonworks Facebook page and the Instagram page, and sold my first pieces to non family members. I continue to learn, to carve, and to work hard to make every spoon to the highest quality possible.
You must bear in mind that these are newly carved, sanded, and finished, solid wood utensils. They have not been seasoned through use like the ones you may currently have. The first few times you use them, they will get a fuzzy feel to them, this is a natural part of the seasoning process which goes away the more you use them. Hand wash only, with regular dish soap, and dry with a cloth or paper towel right away. Do not let them soak or sit in the sink for an extended period. The finish I use is an all natural and food safe raw linseed (flaxseed) oil, mixed with locally harvested raw beeswax. If the piece will be used daily or on a somewhat regular basis, I recommend you apply a food safe oil monthly or at least every couple of months, this will keep the wood conditioned and maintain a bright finish. Any butcher block conditioner or oil will work as well. If for any reason, the piece feels overly rough or fuzzy, a light sanding with a 600-800 grit sandpaper followed by butcher block conditioner/oil will make them like new again. If you follow these instructions, your utensils will serve you well for many years to come.
***I guarantee my work. Any pieces damaged through normal use will be replaced, free of charge. This does not included; dropping, mishandling and/or improper care. ***