About Us

Kootenay Spoons started as a family run business in 1983. We are dedicated to producing high quality wooden tools. Our products are not only guaranteed forever, they really work!

Our workshop is a 100-year-old Doukhobor log barn overlooking the Slocan River.

The Kootenay Spoons Story

The Kootenay Spoons of today actually began in Hawaii in 1980. Michael Ferrier had moved his family from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia to manage an organic farm in Kona, Hawaii. During the quiet times there he began carving spoons, calling on the carving skills learned from his grandmother when he was young. Inspired by her creations and fueled by his goal of self-employment, he used spoon carving as a second income.

In 1983 Michael moved his family to Loleta, California, and during layoffs from heavy construction and carpentry he developed a line of spoons and kitchenware, selling them at local fairs. Within a short time Eel River Spoons was an established business with retail accounts dotted throughout Northern California. Bear Claws were born during this time.

Thanks to my son Blue for the years we spent working side by side.

In 1993 the Ferrier family returned to British Columbia, settling in the Kootenays. Starting out in a plastic-sheeting shop deep in the woods, Michael was soon overwhelmed with orders from Canadian retailers, and his son Blue joined him, the two of them working side by side for 8 years.

Kootenay Spoons now makes its home in a 100-year-old Doukhobor log barn overlooking the Slocan River.

Kootenay Spoons Ltd. • P.O. Box 135 • Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0 • Canada
Phone: 250 226-7036 • Fax: 250 226-7033