Chicken and Dumplings Spoon + Spaghetti Measure ++

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Project by woodpezzer posted 643 days ago 1253 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had our annual family reunion yesterday and, by tradition, my mother-in-law made her famous Chicken and Dumplings. She already had the dumplings on the stove when I arrived and when I handed her the spoon, her eyes lit up. She immediately popped it into the dumplings and began stirring. I neglected to measure the pan she always used for dumplings but, thankfully, when laid down in the pan, there was plenty of handle sticking out to prevent the spoon from sinking into the pan and getting lost. The much smaller spoon she had been using was promptly tossed into the sink. She was very happy with her new utensil, bragging on how great it works, which made me happy too! Once I get more experience in the art of spoon making I plan to make a matching ladle from the same tree.

Pic 1,2 &3: Made from Box Elder cut from my MIL’s property 20L X 2W mineral oil finish

BTW: When I went to get my bowl of dumplings I noticed she had marked the end of the spoon with her initials. She wanted to make absolutely sure no one at the reunion made off HER new spoon! My spoon was a hit.. as was her delicious chicken and dumplings!

Here’s my very first blog, with a few novice tips, about making this spoon:

Pic 4: Cherry and Walnut. The Cherry spaghetti spoon set came from plans in Wood Magazine June 1995. The Walnut set was changed up a bit to create a spoon, pan side scraper and colander.

Pic 5: Top three spoons were carved from Apple tree limbs—We have a mini fruit tree orchard. Bottom two made from the MIL’s box elder tree. One has a pan scraper; the other has a bowl on both ends. ( For stirring two pots at once, LOL)

Pic 6: Made from a 2” X 20” sycamore limb from my own property that didn’t survive a recent storm. I peeled the bark and split it lengthwise on the band-saw. This limb nearly got tossed as I was expecting it to be a rather unremarkable white chunk of sycamore. Just goes to show.. you never know what you will find when cutting into a piece of wood!

Thanks for looking——Theresa

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#1 posted 643 days ago

You did a great job on these – and your MIL did a great job on the dumplings! I bet they tasted even better stirred with that spoon :)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 643 days ago

Thanks so much Kay! I was lucky to get just one bowl.. they disappeared quick!

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 643 days ago

Very sweet set of tools for the kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 643 days ago

They are addictive. I should go make some now!

You’re doing a really nice job on these.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 643 days ago

Nice wooden tools ! I love that Box Elder !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 643 days ago

Howdy Jim, Thanks so much! So glad you like them—It means a lot coming from you!

Monte, Oh yes, they are addictive. Now you get busy making some sawdust! Thanks!

MonteCristo, Me too.. Box Elder is so cool and great to work with. Thanks so much!

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#7 posted 642 days ago

Very nice utensils you have made here! I like them all and I can almost smell those chicken & dumplings from here in Va.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 642 days ago

jaykaypur, I see you’ve made a pretty awesome batch of spoons yourself! I may steal your idea for the jam/jelly spoon. Pairing it with homemade jam would make great gifts this December. Thanks so much!

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#9 posted 642 days ago

Noone will appriciate hand made gifts more than mom. And when she put her mark on it, well that’s better than a blue ribbon at the fair.
I really like the kitchen tools that you create, you do great work on them. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#10 posted 642 days ago

Grumpymike, I like that thought.. better than a blue ribbon. You just made my day—thank you and bless you.

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#11 posted 642 days ago

Now…. are there by any chance leftovers for the other 49,600 Lumberjocks? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 642 days ago

CharlieM1958, Possibly.. but do you think the postmen and women would deliver the packages to destinations other than their own kitchen tables? If Jay can smell it half way across the US, imagine being in a little truck with all that yummy goodness! Can’t say I’d be able to resist. :)

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#13 posted 641 days ago

Great work on all of these, really nice job!

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#14 posted 640 days ago

Hi Joe! I plan to make several more spoons for holiday gifts. Much more fun than shopping. Thanks for the nice comments—much appreciated!

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#15 posted 640 days ago

Beautiful Spoons!
I really like the bottom one in pix#4.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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