Delicate wooden spreader that is absolutely perfect for spreading butter or margarine onto bread, toast and crackers. I think this one is ideal for applying jam and cream to a scone to accompany a nice cup of tea or coffee. Like all wooden utensils, these should be washed by hand in warm soapy water and allowed to dry naturally – they should never make their way into a dishwasher. The spreader will develop a lovely patina over time as it is used and will become more beautiful with age. It may benefit from an annual rub over with a food safe curing oil such as linseed or walnut oil – although not the walnut if you have a nut allergy! These are hand carved from sustainably sourced willow that has become beautifully spalted, a natural process where funghi begin to break down the timber. Some people call the wavy dark lines of spalting ‘fairy writing’. Spalted wood should be seen as quite a rarity as it can be quite a find to catch the timber at just the right moment when the wood is still useable before the natural decomposition has taken hold too strongly.