Retired teacher earns living making spoons

Mason Wilmot of Hastings is often called the Spoon Man as he
shows up at area outdoor markets selling his handmade spoon,
like he did Sunday at Art in the Park in Libs Park.

Mason Wilmot never intended to get into the business of making wooden spoons. It just turned out that way.

Since 1995, Wilmot, 83 of Hastings, has been making wooden spoons and has found a demand for them everywhere he goes.

On Sunday, Wilmot was making and selling spoons in a roped off area at the Art in the Park event in Libs Park.

Wilmot made his first wooden spoons in 1995 when he was a volunteer at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island.

“I am a retired teacher and I went up there after I retired from teaching 35 years,” Wilmot said. “I worked with children and adults. They needed spoons like this in their old kitchens out there at Stuhr Museum to demonstrate how they cook with wooden spoons back in the 1850s. They didn’t have any.”

At first, Wilmot said he was a little hesitant about seeing if he could fulfill the museum’s request.

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