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This Woodworker Makes Serving Utensils with a Dose of Surrealism

Curiosities in bleached maple.

Utensils for daring diners. 


Three tines or four? The fork and spoon may have been functionally perfected centuries ago, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to explore. Woodworker Julian Watts often starts with a classic concept, then lets the chisel lead the way to something far more extraordinary. The result is part objet d’art, part fantastical serving utensil.

Born and raised in San Francisco, the 28-year-old Watts started carving in college and today creates exceptional, if not always functional, works in wood inside his Oakland studio. His latest line of vessels and culinary tools, pictured here ($700–1,450), is made from bleached maple.


Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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