- How much should the bowl rise in relation to the handle? About 15 degrees, so it comes up to meet the mouth.
- How long should the bowl be in relation to its width? About 1.6 to 1.
- How long should the spoon be in relation to the length of the bowl? About 3 to 1, though this can vary significantly.
- How about handle shape? I like the tail of the handle to thicken and kick up a bit at the end, giving the hand something to grasp onto. I also like a little concavity in the top of the handle where the thumb can register.
- As to the bottom of the handle, the transition of the the keel of the stem to the underside of the handle should have a little flat surface to provide the middle finger a place to rest, otherwise the spoon feels a little unstable.
- The plan view of the handle can vary significantly, though lots of decorative bulges and points don't always work so well in the hand. I like a little bulge near where the index finger wraps around the side, giving it a nice purchase on the spoon.
So, what does this look like? Not sure yet, but here are a few recent cherry spoons that I am liking:
|The overall length to bowl length ratio on this one is a little under 3 to 1|
|This one kicks up ever so slightly in the tail.|
|Here my index finger has a bulge to wrap around. Feels good!|
|Here my middle finger has a flat to rest on.|
|This spoon is longer than the above spoon, ratio now over 3 to 1. It is nice for deeper bowls. Reaches right in there!|
|This one has a great swell at the tail. Feels very secure!|
|My index finger rests comfortably on that bulge.|
|I rounded the keel on this one a bit, so my index does not quite know where to sit... |
It is OK, but not as nice as the first spoon.