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May 27, 2015


Georgia artist Gordon Chandler discovered the Spaddles design by accident in his wood shop. But now the elegant and versatile kitchen tool is a favorite of his — and many others.

The artist: Originally from Massachusetts, Chandler has undergraduate and graduate degrees in sculpture. In 1975, he set up shop in Carrollton. After building wood-burning stoves for about 10 years, Chandler started exhibiting his art in Atlanta and around the country. In 2010, he created Spaddles from a large splinter of wood.

The goods: Spaddles ($15 and up) are an all-around kitchen tool, useful for flipping, scraping, serving and chopping. They are particularly handy for making gravy and roux.

Materials: Made from a variety of durable woods, including walnut, cherry, maple, pear, cedar and butternut. Each tool is unique in size.

Other favorites: In wood, cutting and serving boards ($25 and up) and paired salad servers ($20 to $30). In steel sculpture: kimonos, benches and whitetail deer (from $3,000 to $12,000).

Where to buy: Resource, 9110 Selborne Lane, Suite 100, Chattahoochee Hills, 770-763-1105 or ResourceSerenbe on facebook.


P.S. Michel Nischan, a two-time James Beard-awarding-winning chef, told the New York Times recently, that he is “in love with his two wooden Spaddles. “They are like a spatula but better,” he said.


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