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Beautiful & Functional Wooden Utensils

by Lisa Waddle

fromFine Cooking
Issue 89

If you’re looking for a present for the cook who has everything, why not replace an essential tool with a piece of art? These wooden tools are just two of 60 spoons, spatulas, and paddles crafted of cherry and maple by Pennsylvania-based Mark Hamm.

Beyond their good looks, the tools feel wonderful in the hand, with a silky-smooth finish and nice balance. Each piece is shaped for a specific task, such as the Stir-Fry Tool ($11), at right, and the Sauté Stirrer ($17), far right. Setting the tools apart are the details: Several include a notch in the handle, to allow the spoon to sit on the edge of a pan, and many can be ordered in right- or left-hand versions. See the complete line and purchase at

Photos: Scott Phillips

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