We recently came across Jordan Marvin and his hand-carved kitchen utensils at a farmer's market in Dorset, VT, where we spoke with the young woodworker about his newly formed and aptly named company, Vermont Wooden Spoon. Personally selecting each block of sustainably harvested local wood—typically a hardwood like cherry, maple, black walnut or apple—Marvin crafts each utensil with impeccable attention to detail. The personal consideration given to each piece is evident in both the artistry and understated design.
In addition to classic spoons, Marvin also makes spoons designed for left-handed individuals, and a collection of spatulas, ladles, salad sets, serving sets and bread and cheese boards. All products are food-safe and sealed with a light layer of mineral oil, allowing each piece's natural grain to shine. The lilac wood spoon, with its geometric pattern in the spoon's center (shown on top of the cheese board in the photo below) illustrates how much consideration goes into each piece.
Bread and Cheese boards sell online for around $40, utensils between $16 and $50, depending on size, shape and type of wood.