Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fall so hard in love with a spoon. Well, spoons, plural really. Also, the maker of these spoons makes me love them even more. Ariele Alasko is a kick ass chick; a sculptural artist turned self-taught woodworker who I envy so much for her incredible talent, creativity, fearlessness and fierce determination.
She started building furniture in a 100 square foot corner of her tiny NYC apartment a few years ago, living with sawdust everywhere, but finally moved in to a studio once she was making enough money. I love that she didn’t let a lack of decent workshop stop her from building beautiful things from wood – she just went for it, jumped in feet first and made things happen. You can read more about her story here and see her awesome new studio here. I showed my dad her work because he’s been woodworking for decades and he was extremely impressed with her talent (that’s a big compliment, in my opinion).
She’s just released some new items in her shop, mostly fantastic hand-carved spoons (which, to make a wooden spoon is SUPER difficult apparently, according to my dad) and they truly are a marvel to look at. They are functional art; beautiful enough to display in your kitchen (I would never stash one in a drawer!) and purposeful as well. As someone who loves cooking for others and feels like the act of serving a meal is a great testament of love and camaraderie, these spoons would feel like such a natural addition to my kitchen. They are meant to be cared for and passed down through generations. Here are some of my favorites. She posted a video on Instagram once showing her process of how she makes these spoons. Check it out here. It’s actually really fascinating to watch!
And a gorgeous cheese board with a hollowed out triangle handle for good measure. Isn’t it beautiful?
I’m not going to link to each individual product because I think there are only just one of each and I’m sure they’ll sell out quickly (a girl alone can only make so many spoons, ya know) but check out her shop here to see current inventory, but also follow her on Instagram (she’s one of my all time favorite Instagrammers!), check out her website or follow her blog too so you’ll know when she releases new items. She also makes these really gorgeous tables and wall panels that are just as awe-inspiring.
Sigh….I have already told Parker that all I want for Christmas this year is a hand carved spoon by Ariel Alasko. They are not cheap, nor should they be, but gosh they’re gorgeous.