Jason Weymouth is one of those lucky people who was able to turn his hobby into a full-time job. A woodworker who lives in Brunswick, Weymouth worked as an auditor for six years when, much to his surprise, he found himself making more money as a woodworker than he did in the business world. Now he sells his handmade kitchen utensils through his business “Carved Wooden Spoons.”
Weymouth uses only sustainable woods to create his products, including the coffee spoons that come in cherry, birch and walnut. Some of the wood is donated and some comes from neighbors, but he also buys from wholesalers since he makes thousands of spoons a year and needs a steady supply.
The 4-inch-long coffee spoon is decorated with a tree that Weymouth burns into the spoon with a high-speed drill – the same kind your dentist uses. (And yes, the sound will make your skin crawl, just like a dentist’s drill.) “It’s the fastest drill you can have in your hand without getting hurt,” Weymouth said.
Weymouth has also made limited edition gelato spoons for Brunswick-based Gelato Fiasco. His latest project is designed to stretch his creativity and expand his business. He plans to design and produce a new wooden spoon every month this year. This month, it was a new cheese and jam spreader. In April, it will be a new tablespoon. In June, he’ll be looking toward summer, designing a new spatula for outdoor grilling.
Weymouth sells the coffee spoons on his website for $18 (no tree) and $22 (with tree). His work can also be found at Lisa- Marie’s Made in Maine in Portland and Bath, Sherman’s Books in Portland, The Mix in Brunswick, Tide Pools in Boothbay Harbor, Elements Art Gallery in Bethel, and Market Street Co-op in Fort Kent.
— MEREDITH GOAD