Paul Pendola is a Galena, IL based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax; Paul’s mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art.

Paul’s work focuses on two main design themes including a professional series, created for culinary enthusiasts looking to equip their gourmet kitchens with a truly one-of-a-kind woodenware, and also a primitive series, influenced by old-world designs and applications.

As a member of the All River Road Talent - Scenic Art Drive, you can visit Paul the first Saturday of every month for a carving demonstration at The Spoon Carver Cottage located at 306 S. Prospect Street, Galena, IL. (follow on Facebook @ The Spoon Carver Cottage), or his Artist Studio and Retail Shop located at 420 S. High Street, Galena, IL (follow on Facebook @ The 1850 Cottage). Paul sells his work at seasonal markets, nationally recognized fairs including The Galena Country Fair (Galena, IL) and The Waterford Fair (Waterford, VA), and online at www.foxriverspooncompany.com. You can also find Paul’s work at several boutique retailers throughout the “Driftless Area” of Northwest Illinois, and of course, Illinois’ Fox River Valley (see website for a list of locations).


All Fox River Woodenware, boards, and bowls are true hand-crafted originals made without the use of grinding wheels, templates, or computer-guided carving tools.

Spoons and scoops are carved completely by hand from fresh-felled greenwood using only an axe, straight knife, and spoon or hook knife. Spatulas are rough-cut on a band saw, with the rest of the shaping and finish work done by hand. The hardwood cutting, bread, cheese, and serving boards are also hand-shaped, hand-sanded, and hand-finished in-house. And finally, our solid hardwood bowls are hand-turned by talented artisans at the Holland Bowl Mill, in Holland Michigan. 

Each piece is a true hand-crafted original. 


All Fox River Woodenware, boards, and bowls are finished using a mix of 100% pure beeswax and filtered 100% pure walnut oil; moisturizing and protecting the wood, and hardening into a food-safe satin finish. To keep your Fox River Woodenware happy, healthy, and terrific for years to come, hand-wash only with warm soapy water, never soak or place in the dishwasher, and treat occasionally with the same pure all-natural food-safe oil and wax-based Fox River Spoon Company Wood Balm that we use in our woodshop and kitchens.