Whittling a Wooden Spoon

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I greatly enjoy whittling wood.  It is a lost art, one of which is very soothing and calming to the soul, it busies the hands and provides time for reflectiveness— a thing I don’t often have time for.  I also enjoy making things by hand for my children.  When my weest expressed interest in solids, I though a first spoon was in order!  Down to my studio for some much needed creativeness!

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Materials:

  • Found wood— preferably a soft-ish type— in 6in x 1nc branch style (not rotting!)
  • A set of wood whittlers
  • A dark pen/marker for outlining
  • Sandpaper
  • Beeswax 

About a half an hour of time

Gather your supplies, and create a space where you can get a bit messy!  There will be wood shavings all around!  I took my materials out of my studio and brought them to the couch (yes it’s white, but I was arm’s reach from my Dyson!) Get comfortable and grab the marker and mark out where you will be carving the spoon.

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Notice my red line?

Start carving away at the branch opposite from your body!  Don’t learn that obvious rule like I did!  Ouch!

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Keep whittling until it resembles a spoon. IMG_3078

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Gouge out the middle part of the spoon towards one side of the branch at the end.

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Whittle until wood resembles a spoon, sand smooth and finish with beeswax!

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A Child’s First Meal:

Our littlest one is by no means ready for his first meal, he thoroughly enjoys his mama’s milk, but he is very interested in the workings of the family meal. Breast milk is the best first meal for a little one, the addition of wholesome foods should ideally complement milk and not be instead of nursing (if you are in fact nursing— no judgments here, however breast milk is best). So I handed him his first bowl and spoon (which I made— more on that later) and let him explore the textures and weight of a simple wooden meal set.

We normally set the table at supper time— baby is no exception! It is a very cherished ritual that our family has come to enjoy greatly.  The simple act of placing placemats, ironing a tablecloth and grabbing utensils is a lost homemaking art, gone with the wind like having church clothes reserved for observing Sundays,  hanging clothing out on the line, playing a card game or even reading a book by candlelight.  Someday soon I hope to see these in fashion again.

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This new experience has brought some much needed suppertime peace— as you can imagine the distraction of a baby has made our meals much quieter!

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He loves his suppertime set!  I wonder how long he can play with it until he wants some ACTUAL food?

The other children love having the baby actually sitting up and seeing us while eating! Something about the baby sitting in his own chair makes him seem more like a little person and less like a baby!

I’ve been reading up on baby-led weaning, first solids, the importance of the first meal being a health-full one, and nursing in general. All of which have my mind spinning, and wandering on all things nutrition and health—- particularly from an Anthroposophical viewpoint. It all makes sense and it all merits more in-depth learning on my part.

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However, here I will discuss the wondrous first beginnings of a child’s first meal.  Of equal importance is how and what the food is served in.  We choose wooden bowls finished with beeswax, which are then hand washed.  I make a lot of our bowls, spoons, knives ect. myself from birch, maple and other such hardwoods.  No plastic, even metal (to cold, and alters the taste of food) in my house.  We own no microwave and had to laugh when we bought a wooden kitchen that indeed had  microwave on top— both my children had no idea what it was and asked why someone would have to ovens one on bottom and one on top and why was it so small!

First foods should not be cereal but instead whole foods based such as an organic banana, sweet-potato, or avocado. Above all foods should complement the nursing relationship and be a pleasurable family centered experience!  A good book on the topic is called:  Nutrition: Food, Health and Spiritual development by Rudolf Steiner and Whole Foods for the Whole Family by LLL International. Of course follow your own intuition in regards to your own beautiful child!