vast majority of spoons in this museum are good quality silver, and I
usually do not stray from that area. Recently, however, I have met an
outstanding modern craftsman who manufactures spoons (and other
flatware) from wood which he finds at tourist sites that he and his
Jerry Trail has developed a retirement hobby which is unique and makes
use of his excellent wood crafting skills. He and his wife travel
around the USA and
make stops at many of the usual and some unusual tourist attractions.
While visiting, he looks for branches of wood
which have fallen from trees in the area. He collects select pieces of
these woods and labels them. When he returns home
to his well stocked woodshop, he turns the wood
into wonderful flatware
The white part of the flatware is cow bone which has been aged in the
sun for decades.
He finds this bone at small family farms or in walks in the woods. This
aged discarded bone
is then put to a new use. He does not use fresh bone. Each of the
pieces shown is engraved
with the source of the wood and is signed and dated by Jerry Trail. The
flatware is usually
6 -8 inches in length.
As you look at these pictures notice the unique creation of each spoon
incorporates the natural "odd shaped" elements of the wood into the