The spoons are spoken for now, but I’ll keep the photos and information up for reference:
#1: Cherry. 13 1/4″ x 3 1/4″. This is the one in the top photo and the next two photos below. This is a large ladle or serving spoon with a significant bend from handle to bowl. The lateral bend in the crook also makes it particularly ideal for left handers, but righties can still manage fine.
#2: Rhododendron. 10″ x 3″. This sculptural serving spoon follows the curves of a Rhododendron branch. This is another lateral bend that is ideal for left-handed use. In fact, I almost lettered it with “Lefty” like those scissors when I was in kindergarten. In the end I went with “Rassasy,” I’m still a lot unsure about this word, but it seems that it’s an old word meaning to satisfy a hunger. While the etymology remains a mystery to me, I do like the way it fits onto the spoon handle, and I’m not changing it now. I added a bit of texture to the field by tapping a nail repeatedly into the wood.
#3: Rhododendron. 8″ x 2 5/16″. This one has a right hand twist and a good bit of figure through the bowl. An average sized serving spoon.
#4: Cherry. 12″ x 3″. This cherry spoon has an octagonal handle and would be a versatile spoon for everything from cooking to serving.
#5: Cherry. 12″ x 3″. A versatile spoon like the one above with enough crank to feel comfortable as a serving spoon, but useful for lots more. This one is mostly sapwood, thus the lighter color.
#6: Maple. 11 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. This one has steep bend to make it a comfortable server ready to reach deep.
#7: Norway Maple. 11 1/2″ x 2 7/8″. I returned to a Latin phrase I’ve used before meaning “Hunger sweetens the beans.”
#8: Norway maple. 17 1/2 x 3 1/8. This one got lost in the shuffle at the end of last year, a leftover, so I thought I’d add it to this group now. This is a very long, slender, slotted ladle. If you’ve got a use for it, it will serve well. I don’t think there is an extra unnecessary tiny bit of wood on this spoon. Light and strong with the fibers running true.
As for “Rassasy”, we have a verb in french that is Rassasier, that means the same: to completely satisfy someone’s hunger. It come from an old one: assasier, whose etimology is from the latin Satis (enough ->to satisfy, fr.satisfaire) Satiare (satiety, fr.satiété).
Still in use.
Always a pleasure to read (and look at!) your posts.
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Merci, Mikaël! That explains it so well and shows the connection between “Rassasy” and the English words satisfy and satiate. Blessed Sunday to you as well!