We recently received a dozen spurtles we ordered from Tim Cebulla. He made them all of Oregon myrtle wood on his lathe, but each one is a little different from all the others.
What the heck is a spurtle? you may be wondering. It is a Scottish cooking implement used to stir oats (porridge) as they cook. We will be competing in the 16th Annual Golden Spurtle™ World Porridge Making Championship in Carrbridge, Scotland on October 11 as the first contender from the US. See www.goldenspurtle.com.
Tim designs and makes hand-turned wood items for his business, Wood I Kid You. In addition to spurtles, he makes writing instruments, kitchen items, desk accessories, vanity items, pendant watches, mirrors, weaving and knitting items, and custom items – he can even make a baseball bat, wine goblets, or a wizard’s wand! He also makes non-turned items such as cribbage boards.
A retired USPS maintenance supervisor, Tim has been turning wood since 2002, after working in a woodcraft store and taking a lathe class.
Tim also makes accessories for his wife Judy and her sister’s business, “Threads of Magique.” They make fantasy dolls, felted wall hangings, and fabric art.
Tim uses salvaged wood whenever possible, and native Oregon woods, especially myrtle wood, but also madrone and Manzanita and exotic woods like zebrawood and cocobolo.
We will be using one of these spurtles to stir our steel cut oats in Scotland. Hopefully it will bring us luck in the contest!