ThirtyOne Penny Spoon

Made from an old nail and a copper disc, this tiny spoon showcases the beauty of two reclaimed materials in juxtaposition.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

This little sugar spoon is by far the smallest I have ever made. It was inspired by the tiny piece of scrap copper that a friend brought into the shop today. At first I just wanted to see how far I could stretch and dish the copper and the spoon is what became of it. It could have gone deeper but I ran out of forms and hammers small enough to keep dishing it. The bowl is held to the bracket on the handle with a rivet.

At about 4.5″ long, the size of the nail used to make the handle would be 30 penny (30d) in the old system. That is, the price for one hundred nails of this size was 30 pence at one point. The extra penny in the name would account for the copper disc used to form the bowl of the spoon.

Material: Reclaimed copper, used nail
A similar piece would start at $360
This piece is in a private collection in California

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

A note: The reference nail in the photo is larger than the one used in the spoon. The fire cleans off all the rust.

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