Terry Widner, the brains and steady hands behind Spoontaneous, is as creative as it gets. His site, Spoontaneous, the balance between puns and spoons, displays his work from the last five or six years. Who said spoons have to be boring and made out of metal? Widner proves to everyone that spoons can be fun, especially if their descriptions or titles involve puns, which they usually do. Wooden spoons design possibilities are limitless, as the creator of Spoontaneous is eager to prove. Just a glance at his portfolio shows that he’s got a headful of surprising ideas. However, even he admits he values design over functionality. Therefore, don’t expect to be able to use all of Widner’s spoons for eating soup. With some of them, you can at least ladle it.
I did warn you Spoontaneous products aren’t the most functional gifts to give your mother. But you can’t deny this one is gorgeous. Made out of African black wood, this could be an intriguing addition for all spoon collectors out there. Who knows, maybe you can use it at that Halloween party you’ve been dying to throw.
While he compromises on functionality, Terry Widner, the creator of these spoons, certainly makes up in creativity. This quirky idea of merging a snake and a spoon is just snaketastic. Again, it might only be used as a decor piece, but it would sure stand out with its unique quirky design. Even the wood’s color and texture resemble a snake’s skin.
It is an aubergine or a plate? It’s actually a spoon, and I won’t lie, I would use it for serving salad. It’s a very ingenious idea and Widner executed it flawlessly. Like the rest of his products, he doesn’t fail to stay faithful to his real subjects. His attention to detail can be noticed in the aubergine’s stub which turns yellow at the base. He even nailed the color and texture of the vegetable, in a strike of genius.
Entitled Fowl play, this spoon takes things to a whole new level. It’s made out of maple and ebony, and the feet are metal. This artist has proven how you can break away from constraints and embrace creativity at its best. Again, the attention to details is easy to notice: the eyes, the beak and the elongated neck add a lot of character to this intriguing design.
Made out of grapefruit wood and incorporating a turquoise stone as well as silver and pigments, this artwork was called The “Eater” Bunny. Widner confessed he gets completely immersed in his creative process and he never knows what’s going to turn out once he starts carving. He went on to add that the work itself seems to take off in its own direction, and he can only follow the lead. I guess this bunny was feeling particularly luxurious when he possessed Widner to create it.
The creator of Spoontaneous experiments from time to time with other materials, but he admits he keeps going back to wood. He hears a calling and enjoys employing the wood he stumbles upon. Widner never took art or carving classes and takes pride in saying he is self taught. He is inspired by other artists and woodworkers and doesn’t shy away from learning from and studying their artwork.
Since the artist emphasizes fun, not functionality, his belief transpires in all his carvings. In his past, Widner experimented with creating boxes, canes and even a pipe. When he started focusing solely on spoons, it was like a light was switched on and he soon discovered his design possibilities were unlimited. And this rhino speaks volumes about possibilities: it was made out of maple, deer antler tips and beads for it’s tiny eyes.