Six Spoons

Six Spoons | East Wenatchee, WA | 2015

The beauty of table utensils — forks, knives and spoons —comes from simple design aimed at maximum usefulness. The spoon, for instance, is basically a scoop to transport liquids from bowl to mouth. Works perfectly every time. No digital enhancement needed. I once attended a fancy banquet in New Orleans where an elderly man named Clifford explained the finer points of a formal, three-course place setting. I was pleased to see that amid the splay of forks, knives, plates and glasses, only one spoon was present. “It’s perfect in itself, “ sniffed Clifford. Since then, my table etiquette has no doubt eroded. But I’ve never lost my admiration for the spoon.