Last week, my mom and I took a little road trip west to visit my grandparents. Since we were already in for a drive across the state, we decided to take our time and make some stops. We meandered along, taking in the scenic views as we went. About halfway to our destination (Mass MOCA), we sped by a little red house with loads of wooden bowls propped outside. With the bowls already in our rear view mirror, we both looked at each other, and turned around. And I'm so happy we did!
Enter Spencer Peterman's Boards & Bowls. We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked through the doors into a breathtaking showroom, full to the gills with handmade wooden bowls, boards, salad tongs, spoons, and more. Peterman has been turning bowls for over 15 years. He started his career weaving Nantucket baskets until he became curious about other methods. After visiting a few bowl mills in Vermont and practicing on a lathe, he eventually designed his own in order to create a more rugged shape.
As you walk up the ramp, you're led through a path of gorgeous bowls, hinting at what's to come….
I love that he uses almost exclusively fallen trees that he finds in Western Massachusetts. His pieces are raw and natural looking and look amazing just on their own or filled with salad or fruit. He has been featured in publications like Yankee Magazine and Oprah Magazine but still remains somewhat of a hidden gem. Lucky for us there was a sample sale (which we only slightly strayed from), so we picked up a bunch of great gifts and souvenirs.
You didn't think I'd leave without sharing a few pics of our loot did you?! We got a bunch of great bowls and salad tongs. The smaller bowls and salad tongs make amazing gifts, so I'm happy to have those when the perfect moment strikes.
You can find Spencer Peterman's online (here) or make the trip to check out their beautiful showroom:
61 French King Hwy
Gill, MA, 01354
The woman who helped us, Sarah, was super friendly, welcoming and sweet and informed us that they will also be selling at the Boston Public Market, opening July 30th.