The sugar maple is native to Missouri and is famous as being a source of maple syrup. These trees grow to great heights, topping out at around 80 to 100 feet tall, surviving and can thriving in highly shaded environments. They are also known for breathtaking fall color.
This wood came from a Missouri farmstead where an old Maple tree was dying out and had fallen on a fence row. This particular piece was made from the root of the tree, saved because of its unique shape as the tree was being removed and cut for use in other projects, such as the Maple Root Wood Spoon.
Wooden utensils have health benefits as well since wood is naturally resistant to many types of bacteria. Wood doesn’t require much maintenance, but they do appreciate a bit of moisturizing every now and then.
Richard uses his own formula of spoon butter, also known as cutting board cream, made with beeswax and mineral oil to pre-season this spoon. To keep your wooden spoons moisturized and lasting for years to come, handwash with a mild dish soap and occasionally rub down with beeswax and mineral oil. Do not put wooden utensils in the dishwasher.