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    Default Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Having acquired a Le Creuset and having been using it on almost a weekly basis, I realized that I have everything but a proper ladle (having silicone wrapped tongues and spatulas, and a "wooden" spatula). Wooden is put into quotation marks because the spatula piece is not made of a unitary piece of wood but rather glued together. For whatever reason, I initially overlooked the seam lines.

    One of the things we were looking for when we were in Japan was a wooden ladle, but none was to our liking. Looking around, the only one I've come across is this somewhat expensive one on William Sonoma, but at least it appears to be made of a unitary block of wood.

    Do fellow forumites have suggestions? Alternatively, if someone here is capable of making such a ladle, please PM me re: your charges.

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    I've had good luck at craft fairs. It seems inevitable there will be someone selling lovely handmade wood kitchen tools.

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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Take a look at this place. We bought their paddles, which I very highly recommend. A very handy tool.
    Their round bottom 1 cup measuring cup would make a very nice ladle, I'm sure.
    This place makes good stuff.

    https://alleghenytreenware.com/
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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Here is another place that loks good, although I have not tried them.
    http://https://lancastercastiron.com...-wooden-spoons
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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Buy Barn-the-Spoon's book and learn how to make one.

    Then get a Beavercraft kit to make one. I can probably find a nice chunk of dried cherry wood to send you.

    Or you can search Etsy for someone who actually makes their own stuff, instead of product produced in a factory somewhere made to look handmade.

    Also there are ladles and then there are soup-serving ladles. A ladle is a large spoon with a recurve and a soup-serving ladle is a large spoon with the scoop at close to a right angle to the handle. The latter is likely a lot harder to carve.
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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far :)

    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Buy Barn-the-Spoon's book and learn how to make one.

    Then get a Beavercraft kit to make one. I can probably find a nice chunk of dried cherry wood to send you.

    Or you can search Etsy for someone who actually makes their own stuff, instead of product produced in a factory somewhere made to look handmade.

    Also there are ladles and then there are soup-serving ladles. A ladle is a large spoon with a recurve and a soup-serving ladle is a large spoon with the scoop at close to a right angle to the handle. The latter is likely a lot harder to carve.
    Nail to the head.

    I was wondering why there were so few of the latter type, and your post explains it.

    And many thanks for the generous offer of cherry wood, but I think I'm at least a few years removed from the adroitness required.

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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Your local Asian grocery store should have very serviceable options for < $5. I have to imagine Madison has a good place.

    Fancier? Really, it's probably going to crack eventually, so you may not want to put all that much into it.

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    Default Re: Recommendation request for a wooden ladle

    Nah, let's go wooden-sculpture-as-cooking-utensil fancy:

    Dave Fisher, master carver: https://davidffisher.com/blog/
    Curtis Buchanan, OG chairmaker: https://www.curtisbuchananchairmaker...13/Spoons.html (check out his youtube channel!)

    Bonus content: Pete Galbert, renaissance man: https://www.petergalbert.com/

    BTW the rec for Barn the Spoon is spot-on. Great stuff.


    Quote Originally Posted by caleb View Post
    Your local Asian grocery store should have very serviceable options for < $5. I have to imagine Madison has a good place.

    Fancier? Really, it's probably going to crack eventually, so you may not want to put all that much into it.

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