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People have been carving spoons and bowls out of wood for as long as they have had the tools. The very word “spoon” descends from the Anglo-Saxon for “chip of wood.” Up until the Industrial Revolution most people in Europe ate out of wooden bowls with handcarved spoons. There is still the old Welsh tradition of young men making elaborately carved spoons as gifts for their beloved. 

One of the first skills mastered by the hedge carpenter, spoon carving requires only a few simple hand tools and can be practiced almost anywhere there is wood. It is also a great introduction to working with the wood that grows nearby. 

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