This love of wood, this pure and noble material, was transmitted to me by my father and was part of me from a very young age.
My name is Guillaum Gibault, skilled craftsman from the Montreal School of Fine Woodworking, As a woodworker, I handle and transforms wood full time. Among other things, I apply myself to a particular passion, carving wooden spoons with an axe and a knife.
Urubu is a homecoming. An ecological quest in a plastic world. A tribute to nature and to a time when we lived more in simplicity.
Urubu is hand-carved wooden spoons, one of a kind.
We talk about Urubu
From the forest to the table
It all starts during a walk in the forest. I remain on the lookout, looking for a freshly broken branch or a recently uprooted tree.
Among the birdsong and the tranquility of nature, I suddently put my hand on a piece of wood which I consider having a spoon locked inside.
Once back at my axe block, it is the beginning of the transformation.
The axe work is probably the most difficult step. From a branch or a log, we extract the raw form of a spoon with the simple edge of an ancestral tool that is the axe. The handling is of incomparable satisfaction. The goal is to remove as much material as possible before going with the knife, which makes it easier.
The most used tool when making a carved spoon. It allows you to refine the shape and reveal the desired design. The tapered tip provides cutting precision while the long blade allows long, continuous cuts. When well sharpened, it will leave a smoother surface than sanding.
The hook knife
Also called spoon knife, this knife, whose blade has been curved, has a very specific function: digging the bowl of the spoon. There is a multitude of hook knife of different size and curve. These very specific tools are mainly made by artisan blacksmiths and are far superior to the few models of more commercial brands found on the market. As the hand that does not hold the knife is very close to the blade, it is easy to injure yourself (especially on your thumb and palm) if you are not careful.
Thereafter, the spoon is left to dry for a few days. Once the wood is completely dry, we take back our knife and our hook knife and we move on the finishing cuts.
Finally, the spoon is coated with several layers of 100% natural Canadian hemp oil which will allow it to better resist water and stains.
Sanding is not used for my creations because it would make their particular character, and the whole aspect of the journey they reflect, disappear at the same time. The facets found on my utensils tell a story. They are the traces of hundreds of blade cuts made on a log of raw wood to arrive at this practical object. In addition, sanding tears the wood fiber, unlike the knife that slices it, which would result in a rough spoon when wet because the grain will rise.