Birdseye Maple Pictured Below, Fiddleback Maple Above
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"I have a genetic
propensity to make little wooden butter spreaders." - Jim
I make spreaders because I’m a Finn. If you’re ever in Sweden or any of the Scandinavian countries, you’ll see lots and lots of little wooden butter knives. They’re ubiquitous with Scandinavians. That because the northern tribes, the Visigoths (where Swedes came from) got their fats through butter fats (dairy cattle). Spreader are designed for soft cheese and butter. They work really well for that. You can see where I've put my maker's mark on with a wood burner on one side. These pictures are larger than the actual pieces,
which are about 5 to 7 inches long.
Spreaders are $25 each.
The Southern folks down in the Mediterranean area got all their fats through oils; olive oil, nut oil, seed oil. They didn’t need butter knives, I believe.