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January 15, 2012

Spork Maestro

Recently, searched the Net for a combination fork 
and spoon eating utensil. 
Thought it might help my blind Mom eat more
Discovered the spork.
Familiar to kids and campers.
I wanted one that fit in with regular silverware.
Discovered the ETSY shop bosen / handcrafted

Mom's first Bosen made spork, photo ⓒ Bosen 2012, with permission

 Bosen, the shop proprietor and craftspersonrecycles
old worthy teaspoons of "good quality and with character",
painstakingly searched for in thrift stores and garage sales.
Then careful grinding, sanding and filing transforms them into
these useful and unique utensils. Often completing the
transformation by engraving a word like "NOURISH" or 
"Eat" on the stem. 
Bosen credits trying to eat penne pasta at lunch with 
a rounded spoon. Studying bronze casting at a foundry at
the time encouraged the thought of creating tines on the front
edge of the spoon. 
And it works magnificently! 
My Mom started raving immediately!
Amusingly, she was eating a penne pasta dish 
at the time.
I immediately sent for 2 more of Bosen's sporks for Mom.
Now I want some of my own.

These 2 Bosen sporks arrived yesterday, photos ⓒ Bosen 2012, with permission

When not "sporkifying" spoons, Bosen restores older steel 
bicycles and finds them new owners in the small town in
on the North shore of Monterey Bay in Central California
where Bosen lives. 
Bosen writes, "I am passionate about sustainable human 
powered transportation which means keeping every last 
bicycle out of landfills and scrap piles. I make a life of 
turning beat up, neglected old bicycles into smooth running, 
useful machines that will serve their owners for decades to come. 

I suggest you bring along your trusty unique Bosen spork 
for when you stop for lunch and/or dinner. Enjoy your meal.
Thanking its enigmatic, conscientious creator/ recycler.


  1. These are works of art. I wonder if the spork is the first utensil with its roots in modern plastic? I saw some sporks in the camping section of REI during my holiday shopping sprees.

  2. It seems this idea has been around at least from the late 19th century also called an ice cream fork.
    The beauty of Bosen's sporks are they are recycled from old and/or "orphaned" stainless teaspoons, so each has its own charm and character. I love that Bosen also recycles old broken trashed bikes.

    I've bought 3 for Mom and have ordered more for me. Makes a good gift for everyone who likes to eat and travel light! :~)