Oh my, oh my, oh my! This was all I could say when I first opened my box from Tin Woodsman Pewter. My new measuring spoons were so beautiful they took my breath away! After all, the motto and favorite quote of this company is "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Jim and Deborah founded Tin Woodsman Pewter in 1985 in Oregon, and began making wonderful American-made, usable, pewter products. And then in 2008 they formed Crosby & Taylor, their sister store specializing in stoneware and baby products. Pewter is a white metal alloy consisting principally of tin with small amounts of antimony and copper. It was first used over 2000 years ago by the Romans and at that time it was 30% lead. Of course, now government regulations have banned lead from all cooking utensil, so yes, Tin Woodsman pewter is lead-free; therefore it does not tarnish easily but over time will change to a lovely darker patina.
The measuring spoons are accurate (I checked each one with my current set) and are made to be used and washed. You may put them in a dishwasher but beware that if your dishwasher uses a rinsing agent or you have hard water, the spoons made change appearance. I think I prefer to wash mine by hand; it's a small price to pay to keep them beautiful. They come on a hanging post of the same design as the spoons, so there's no need to hide them away in a drawer or to find a place to tack a spoon rack to the wall. Keep them in a handy spot so you will be able to reach them easily.
Last month Tin Woodsman and Crosby & Taylor opened an online store to the public. For the first time you can browse their inventory and buy something for yourself or a gift for someone special in your life. I also discovered that they will make custom products. And guess what? Paula Deen uses their measuring cups!! GIVEAWAY ALERT I am very thrilled to tell you that Tin Woodsman is offering the same set that I have as a giveaway. It's their newest design called Fleur de Lys (trust me, it's gorgeous) Here's all you have to do to enter:
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