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Grip Stir | Artfest Ontario


Wooden Kitchen Utensils

Beautifully made by hand

Using reclaimed, found or legacy-cut wood I craft tools that fill your grip and warm your heart.

There is almost nothing like holding a handmade tool that you can use every single day. More than art, these tools become trusted friends in one of the busiest rooms in your home.

I make wooden kitchen utensils. Spatulas, butter knives (spreaders), spoons, charcuterie boards and more. I strongly believe in the feel of wood in your hand and that it should feel organic, smooth and sensual.

The source materials are found, reclaimed or legacy-cut lumber, in an attempt to not only reduce ecological footprint but extend the life of existing wood. 


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About Me

I have been working with wood off and on for many years, starting in my father’s woodshop and being taught careful use of and care for tools. The source material for utensils I make are found, reclaimed or legacy-cut lumber, in an attempt to not only reduce ecological footprint but extend the life of existing wood. I do occasionally visit a local-to-Durham lumberyard for wood I cannot find elsewhere when a need arises.

From time to time I am asked what species of wood I use. And indeed, I think this important for buyers to know. I primarily work with cherry, walnut and birch for all utensils and boards. I also work with maple and butternut from time to time and it comes either from the mentioned lumberyard or local wild sources where the wood has come down naturally. Butternut is sourced from legacy-cut wood, in large part because butternut is now an endangered species and may not be harvested either individually or commercially due to the prevalence of the Butternut Blight, sadly. I have also worked with reclaimed timbers of red pine and curly oak from barns and old farmhouses.

A multi-disciplinarian, I have studied Historical Linguistics, Still Photography & darkroom, print-making, and Enterprise IT. I live in Bowmanville, Ontario where one of my children attends school while the other is now off at University.


Return and Refund Policy

I make strong and long-lasting tools in wood, but in the unlikely event that a utensil I make breaks or splits within the first 6 months of use I will repair or replace the item free of charge. Please note that under no circumstances should *any* wooden object be put through a dishwasher (and this would void my promise to repair/replace).

All wooden tools I make, when washed and cleaned appropriately, should last for generations but will pick up some wear and tear along the way with use. Most feel that this is just the accumulation of 'character' for your tool!

Care for your tools

All wooden tools in the kitchen dry out with use. Proper care will ensure they last generations. Never put your wooden tools in the dishwasher!  But feel free to wash your wooden tools in warm water with soap.

All tools I make are given four coats of a food-safe finish and should last for years without drying out.

From time to time, depending on how much they are used/washed, you will need to afford them some care; wood fibres lift, lignins (part of the wood cellular structure) open.

**If you use your tools frequently**, coating them liberally with Olive Oil and leaving them out overnight on a cookie tray works well. Mineral oil from a drug store is also a good option to keep the wood soaked in goodness. After the first few washes, your new tool may roughen a little but then settle down with use. Follow the procedures above to keep your tools in fine fettle.

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