Even though I love vintage finds, sometimes you want something new that feels old; a piece that has heirloom potential and traditional lines. That’s just what I found for this week’s Find of the Week. Handmade of wood, this set by White Forest Spoons is timeless and evokes the craftsmanship of yesteryear while still feeling fresh and modern.
Each year we go to the Mountain Heritage Festival which is held here in Jefferson County, West Virginia. It’s an artisan craft fair that features handmade goods, foods and wines and each year we are impressed by the quality of the merchandise and the tastiness of the specialty food products. Sometimes we go to shop for Christmas gifts, but often we go just to buy preserved goods like old-school jams and relishes.
But this year the wooden utensils made by Richard McCollum called to me. I love that he has a variety of kitchenwares made with ergonomics in mind, from slotted spoons to coffee scoops. As a food photographer, I appreciate how pretty these utensils are, but more so, I like using natural products in the kitchen and wood is as traditional as it gets. I wanted one of everything but we settled on buying this long handled salad set which is as useful as it is graceful. It has a rustic elegance that I can imagine gracing our holiday gatherings on cold winter nights. It’s during these shortening days you appreciate the love that goes into a hand-tossed salad made from scratch, the warm laughter of friends, and the closeness that comes from sharing a meal.