The spoon is hand carved Arkansas Cherry. A dear friend of Bacall's made it for us. He made us a lot of toys. The spoon side is lightly dished. Not worth a damn for cooking, but it cups a bottom great. Bill died of stomach cancer before his time. He is missed. It's heavy and has more thud than sting. When you get up to about 8 licks with it, you are ready for it to end.
That's the history. Only a few years ago we learned that The 12 Days really start on Christmas. So Bacall changed our celebration to Red Panty and Red Paddle Days for the days before Christmas and then the spoon is used for The 12 Days. Got that? It's 24 days of paddling.