Meet Kilcik


Last summer, I walked into a small store in Bitez, one of the many inlets making up the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum, to find peshtemals but I found wood. In addition to weaving traditional Turkish towels, Ilker and his family hand carve spoons, bowls and boards in an old shipyard, owned by an uncle, a master schooner builder. Mom runs the shop, which is called Kilcik, “fishbone”. I spent too many summers in Bitez around tables full of plates full of fishbones. I love the area and that quirky store. Hope their work will amuse you too.

Care tips:

Kilcik's spoons, boards and bowls are hand carved, hand turned, using local olive, mulberry and walnut trees, untreated. Slight variations in shape and texture and imperfections might occur. 

For a longer life, do not soak or place in the dishwasher. Wipe dry with a towel.

Remember to oil your piece every once in a while to avoid split and cracks. Oil helps preserve wood's inherent moisture. You can use any food grade, neutral oil or a spoon salve usually made with beeswax. (If you have kids, they might be interested to help.)