A spoon carved from beech with the Open University motto of 'Live and Learn'

Spoon carved in beech with the OU motto carved into it. Note the distinctive rays in the bowl and the concentric circles of grain that indicate this was carved bark up

Beech is another tough wood, like ash and can be used for things such as tool handles. Beech is a popular choice for kitchen utensils because of its hard wearing nature. 

Beech wood can spalt easily if left damp.

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