Carving wooden spoons is great fun and neither expensive nor difficult.
I have made spoons for five or six years, and have given away a couple of hundred as Christmas presents.
St Damiano was an eleventh-century monk who made spoons.
He gave four reasons for doing so:
1. They are useful.
2. You do not need expensive equipment.
3. They are humble: a wooden spoon is often the prize for being last in a competition.
4. They are revelatory; every piece of wood has a spoon lurking within; all you have to do is cut away the bits that aren’t spoon.