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Pretty Spoons: Nic Webb

Spoons, spoons, spoons! Are spoons more than mere utensils? Yes. They are not only filled with food but also quite memory-filled as well. I’ve long had a love for vintage and antique spoons but also the old beat-up wooden ones used for cooking and I’ll tell you why in a moment, it has to do with memories that make them more than simple flatware and somewhat endearing. First observe some of the most beautiful ones I’ve laid eyes on in a long, long time…

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Spoons feed the stomach and the soul. This is where memories come into play. I assume the spoon was the first utensil that you were introduced to as you began eating those yummy purees as an infant. The spoon may have been “flown” to your mouth accompanied by your father’s dramatic whooshing sound effects, and as his eyes widened, so did yours. Perhaps you’d kick your legs and giggle because feeding time was more than simply eating, it was a way for you and your parents to form an emotional bond. That spoon meant food but also attention and feeling cared for. As you matured, you started to feed yourself. I bet, like me, you can look back fondly on the big wooden spoon that your grandmother used to whip up your favorite cake, the same one that you licked clean (along with with the bowl) after the batter was poured into the buttered form. Or think about the spoon your mother lovingly fed you homemade chicken soup with as you laid in bed aching from a head cold. But there is another joy that a spoon can give…

Play! As a toddler the spoon was my drumstick for use on pots and pans as I sat wearing only a diaper on the kitchen floor, I’d strike them in pure red-cheeked joy (clearly, my mother was a saint). As you got older, spoons were part of your playtime, perhaps in your mini kitchen with all of your pretend foods, feeding your dolls and bears. You may have had a special baby doll that you’d spoon feed, did you? I remember my first doll and her little white plastic spoon. I’d insert it into her mouth and she’d make a cooing sound. Did you have a little spoon for making all those easy-bake-oven creations?

Spoons symbolize love and care amongst many other things, don’t you think? Perhaps that is why so many of us are drawn to images of them but also to admiring their shape and feel — always the perfect fit and weight — in our hand.

Have you ever thought about a spoon in this way?

I guess this is why Nic Webb’s handmade beauties made me drool just a little bit… His work is gorgeous, some look as though they were fashioned after those from the middle ages only with a much more modern, clean aesthetic. Please spend a moment on his website today. You’ll feel quite satisfied, I’m sure.

(images: nic webb)

Posted by decor8 in Rooms on December 24, 2009

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  1. belinda commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 5:43am

    these are beautiful! and i do think of love every time i see a wooden spoon because in wales (where we have close friends and lived for a while), they like to give “love spoons” as gifts for weddings and anniversaries – beautiful hand-carved wooden spoons with decorative handles with various symbols that mean different things (horsehoes/hearts etc). We have several, my fave – the one my husband and i bought together – hangs on the wall above my hallstand so I can see it every day. back to nic’s collection – I need those long-handled ones. gorgeous!
    .-= belinda´s last blog moodboard =-.

  2. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 7:36am

    So very beautiful…..makes me want to start a collection.
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..Melissa loves: Cornelia O’donovan =-.

  3. The Designer Insider commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 7:43am

    I have beautiful wood bowls and spoons from my grandmother. I still love the patina that wood brings. Thanks for sharing these beautiful utensils. Happy holidays to all of you!

  4. Elnora Augustan commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 8:47am

    some real classy spoons!

  5. Nic Webb commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 9:27am

    Thank you for the blog and the comments. Delighted you like the work
    I am happy to answer any questions people may have.

    Best wishes and Happy Christmas to all.

    Nic Webb

  6. trish commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 10:11am

    first- happy holiday to you and mr t, oxo.
    i hadn’t really thought of the spoon like this before, but have been collecting silver teaspoons for a few years, just because i love the shape- very feminine, don’t you think?. it’s funny- even ‘a spoon’ full of sugar helps the medicine go down. the spoon, as a symbol of nourishment- brilliant! thanks for your wonder way of threading the most simple basic item into an item deserving so much more appreciation.
    Nic Webb has got the spoon thing down for sure- just gorgeous. thanks, God Bless! see you next year!
    .-= trish´s last blog ..Smile, It’s Father Christmas =-.

  7. Chloe commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 12:17pm

    So beautiful Holly. I’ll never look at a spoon the same again.

  8. Kim commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 12:25pm

    Ohmygoodness. I love wooden spoons and these are just perfection! Thank you! =D
    .-= Kim´s last blog .. =-.

  9. Nuit commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 12:40pm

    Gosh,,, these sing to me!!! so pretty!
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..Last minute xmas decor: Photo Wreath =-.

  10. Nina commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 2:50pm

    love the photos!
    .-= Nina´s last blog ..Beautiful Story =-.

  11. Meredith from PenelopeLovesLists commented
    December 24th, 2009 at 4:21pm

    Thanks for giving me a new way to think about spoons. When I was growing up, my grandma’s wooden spoon helped her make many wonderful things, but it was also the “enforcer” if any of us got out of line. Luckily, my Ree Ree never used it on us, she was a good grandma, but I never looked on wooden spoons with a ton of sentiment.

    But, you’ve given me a new perspective. And what beautiful work here from Mr. Webb!
    .-= Meredith from PenelopeLovesLists´s last blog ..Tips for a stress-free Christmas morning: the one day to curb your Penelope ways =-.

  12. Deb commented
    December 26th, 2009 at 2:26am

    Something very soothing and comforting about wooden spoons. They go so well with pinnies, 1950s mixing bowls, wire cooling racks and images of my grandma baking… Probably why I fell in love with this beautiful book
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Le sourire =-.

  13. Jessica commented
    December 26th, 2009 at 4:27pm

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful spoons. I am absolutely in love with them.

  14. Brenna commented
    December 28th, 2009 at 1:08am

    May I ask what the nifty font you’re using is? The one Nick’s name is so adorably typed in? Many thanks if you can share ;)

  15. Gino commented
    December 28th, 2009 at 2:13am

    Love these spoons! To hell with metal spoons =)

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