This handmade Spurtle is medium to heavy weight - 30 cm / 12 " in length - and made from recycled Kwila. It is a very strong and stiff workhorse utensil.
My Spurtle designs are a modern take on the traditional Scottish porridge stirring utensil which blends the comfort and ergonomic characters of the Gilmour Design kitchen and cooking utensils range. This Spurtle is a free-form design … it is not turned on a lathe.
Kwila is a dense fairly heavy rainforest hardwood which ranges from coastal forests in northeastern Australia up into Papua New Guinea and across to southeast Asia. The wood is stiff and strong and generally mid-toned to dark in colour. Kwila is an excellent choice of wood for utensil making due to its stability and stiffness. The wood for this item was sourced from a reclaimed internal staircase removed during an apartment renovation.
Spurtles are traditionally used as stirring utensils for porridge, stews, broths and soups. They are believed to have first originated in the 15th century in Scotland and continue to be a prominent cooking utensil in most Scottish kitchens. My design is a modernised interpretation of traditional Scottish Spurtles which do not conform to any particular design.
The Spurtle, in different parts of Scotland, is also known as a spurtel, spurtil, spirtle, spartle and a theevil.
Care for this utensil is very simple. Don't be scared to use it and wash it in the sink using normal practices ... hot water and dishwashing detergent are fine. Preferably keep it out of the dishwasher, although experience has proven that it won't kill it if the utensil ends up in there occasionally ... though the intense detergent will prematurely harm the surface and finish. Oiling is not really necessary ... but you can oil it if you want.
This utensil is sanded to a very smooth finish and is fully sealed with a penetrating food-neutral resin product. You do not need to oil this item as the sealing process creates an effective moisture barrier which will greatly slow down the oxidation process during the early years of its life. The utensil will last you a very long time and will age beautifully.
NOTE :: FOR THIS SALE LISTING, ANY PURCHASED ITEM WILL BE SELECTED FROM EXISTING STOCK. The wood colour and grain will most likely vary a little from items shown in the individual listing images if more than one item is available. Rest assured that purchased items shipped will be the best available from stock on the day.
NOTE :: THIS PRODUCT LISTING IS FOR THE PURCHASE OF ONE SINGLE UTENSIL ... OR A MULTIPLE OF ONE SINGLE UTENSIL BY ADJUSTING 'QUANTITY'. It does NOT include any Utensil Rest or other accessory as may be shown in accompanying imagery UNLESS an option was provided by the Seller and chosen by the Buyer to add such accessory to the transaction. Any images of multiple utensils and/or accessories are for the purpose of best representing this item.