Most people will associate wooden kitchen utensils with the medium to large spoons used for cooking or baking. They are still used for stirring different kinds of foods and are preferred because of their versitility, they dont scratch the bottom of the pan and they dont transfer heat like a metal spoon. You may even think of a wooden spatula, but how many of you thought about a Spurtle? A spurtle is a Scottish kitchen tool which dates back to the 15th century, originally flat in shape and used for flipping oatcakes on a hot griddle. Over time the original flat shape became modified and began being used specifically for stirring oatmeal and soups. Traditionally the spurtle would have been manufactured from Scottish maple trees.
There is even a spurtle featuring on a trophy for the World Porridge Making Championship, a competition which is held annually in the beautiful village of Carrbridge in the Scottish cairngorns. 2016 sees the 23rd annual championship. Dave the Lathe cannot claim that he can turn you a golden spurtle, however these turned wooden utensils are easy to make and great in the kitchen. The wooden bland used when turning the spurtle is turned between centres.