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.
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.)