Episode 51: Engineering and Re-Designing a Wooden Spoon, with Special Guest Brad Bernhart of Earlywood

Monday, July 3, 2017
On this week's episode, we had a Blogher17 attendee guest intro the podcast with Sharon during our live podcasting session. Then, we got to talk to Brad Bernhart of Earlywood, a company that makes simple, beautiful, and well-engineered wooden utensils and kitchen tools. We love multi-tasker kitchen tools and we love how he engineered the wooden spoon to something sleek and useful. Plus, we help our Food Fight listener send a peace signal with his BBQ grill.

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  • Sharon had a introduction guest cohost, Flea Christenson of Jones Natural Chews, during our time at Blogher17 conference. We were teaching a class on podcasting and Flea helped Sharon out, while Winter manned the recording equipment for an in-class demonstration. It was a blast! Thank you to all of you who came to our class. Now, when are you going to start your podcast? (By the way, the recording sounds echo-y since we were in a big room and Sharon was on both the recording mic and the room mic, while Flea was only on the recording mic.)

Brad Bernhart of Earlywood
  • We are delighted to talk today to Brad Bernhart of Earlywood, a company that makes simple, beautiful, and well-engineered wooden utensils and kitchen tools.
  • Brad explains how his background is in mechanical engineering, and he developed a critical eye to making something better. But, he was also trying to find something creative and artistic to do outside of his full-time engineering job.
  • He discovered that as he looked at the wooden spoon with a critical eye and started redesigning it, the spoon got simpler. For example, he got rid of the "bowl" part of the spoon, the taper at the "neck" disappeared, the edge got thinner and sharper, the edge got a slight radius for good contact surface, and the round wooden dowel portion was changed to a flat handle so it wouldn't turn in your hand. And the Long Saute was born! That is good design!

Run Time: 47 minutes

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