Over the past year I’ve seen a lot of product designers revert back to classic hand making skills, maybe as an appreciation for craft, but also offering a way of turning their drawings in to a physical object. As you all know it takes time and experience to develop the skills necessary to produce a prototype. One creative fully committing himself to a craft and exploring it in great detail is Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud, who’s decided to produce one spoon a day for a whole year to gain knowledge of wood as a material and break new ground in the woodworking field.
I’ve tried making spoons myself and it’s not easy by any means, so this project is even more impressive on a personal level. To see Stian’s dedication and positive attitude is very refreshing. You often find beginners source inspiration from traditional forms as a starting point, but it’s great to see him experimenting with modern and unusual shapes using only basic hand tools. Obviously these aren’t all functional in terms of shape and size, but they’re mainly part of an experimental project to see what can be achieved throughout 365 days.
I’ll be sure to follow this project as I’m positive it will lead to exiting and thought provoking design. Also, I’ll be interested to see how he uses these woodworking techniques in the near future for his own use. I’ve spotted some wooden clocks and furniture from previous years in his portfolio so I’m sure this experience will be of use. If you want to follow the progression of Stian’s project ‘Daily Spoon’ I’d recommend bookmarking his Tumblr page and Instagram profile. For now, a few pictures are placed here of some spoons that he’s made over the last 68 days.