The Pyramid is a set of four dream-worthy wooden eating spoons, that come with a pyramidal wooden stand that is a delight to look at, with its crisp edges and warm beech grain.
The whole set is precisely hand carved by Éamonn O’Sullivan in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland, using an axe and a series of knives. Each one is a unique piece and is designed to be functional as well as beautiful. These eating spoons, inspired by examples from the medieval era, are obsessively designed to feel wonderful in the hand and in the mouth. When you’ve finished eating, simply wash them in hot soapy water, put them back in the pyramid and they become a modern, crisp work of art on your countertop.
Éamonn O’Sullivan said, “I have been trying to apply these ancient skills of knife and axe work in a way that feels both modern and rustic at the same time. I feel I’ve really achieved it with this functional design.”
The spoons are, like all Hewn products, made from storm fall and pruned wood, collected locally by Éamonn himself. They are entirely unsanded. Instead, the beautifully smooth yet faceted surfaces are achieved with skill and a sharp knife only, retaining the wonderful character of the tool marks.
The Hewn Pyramid is now available for €120, only at www.hewn.ie.
Éamonn O’Sullivan taught himself to carve spoons in 2013, soon after graduating from University: “I have a BSc from NUI Galway but I learned all my most valued skills from the University of YouTube.”
After falling down a very deep rabbit hole of medieval and renaissance woodworking, he emerged to begin Hewn in 2014. Since then, he has developed everything that Hewn is, from the carving itself to designing the logo, to the website, to the photography.
His work is now featured in Aniar, one of Ireland’s leading restaurants. It is currently on display in an international exhibition at Etsy’s Brooklyn headquarters. His spoons form part of the extraordinary collection of Norman Stevens, author of A Gathering of Spoons.
Also available in the range are, among other things, The Ultimate Cooking Spoon, The Round Server, The Coffee Scoop and the Willow Porringer, a hand carved bowl that fits beautifully in the hand.