Heston Blumenthal’s Myrrh Spoons, Part 3

Heston Blumenthal’s Myrrh Spoons,

Heston travelled to Oman in the footsteps of the three wise men to create a dish made from gold, frankincense and myrrh it is like whittling a hawthorn bush except it’s a Myrrh tree.

Whittling the spoon

As the spoon started to take shape it became difficult to hold and whittle the spoon stem because working back from the spoon bowl you have to then hold the thorn-like twigs which makes control of the knife difficult.

The stem thickness I left until last, as I still needed to whittle away the bowl part on the spoon. The spoon is still flat at this stage

Heston Spoons
 The thickness of the myrrh wood was important as I had to allow for the curve in the spoon.
Heston Spoons in hand
The underside of the spoon started to take shape and as I started to whittle away the wood every effort had to be made so that no pressure was applied to the stem as this can cause a weakness and possibly snap the spoon.
What do they say? Don’t tempt fate. See what happened next!