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Cooking & Eating Utensils

All of this doesn't go with me to every event.  I may travel light, only carrying a bowl or mug and spoon, possibly a pot to boil water in.  If I'm going to a "stationary camp" event, I'll bring more stuff along, and will double up on some things if camping with the boys or other people.


Three brass kettles. Commercially available from several sutlers; the large one has been modified to have more correct "dog ear" bail ears and shortened by Jim Kimpell of High Horse Traders.   Look for a kettle that is wider than it is tall.


Tennessee sandstone cooking rock used for cornbread or frying.  I can't get it to show up in a picture, but the rock has a slightly concave surface worked into it to keep oil or food on it.  You can see that some oil has soaked into the sandstone. 
Various eating utensils made of wood. Large spoon is a sofkee spoon, replica of one in collection at Smithsonian, documented with photographs by Dave Mott. (see page in Documentation section on sofkee spoons).  Counterclockwise from top right: trencher made from white pine, sofkee spoon, bowl, small drinking cup, spoons made from pear wood, walnut, and sycamore. At bottom is a silver spoon.  All items except sofkee and silver spoons made by me.

(above) Pottery items - from left: cazuela style bowl, beaker, cook pot, beakers, small cook pot.  All but smallest beaker (cup) made by Anna Fleming of Akem Pottery, McCalla, AL. She specializes in hand-built and wheel thrown pit fired, smoke colored pottery.  All these items have an interior glaze so that I can use them for food without concern about safety, cross contamination, etc.  The small cup is one of my attempts at pottery.

A Lamar Incised reproduction cazuela style bowl from Rick Bowman.


Small gourd flask.  Lined and coated with beeswax for waterproofing.  Holds about 3/4 pint.  Though probably not commonly used, beeswax (and honey) was known to the natives in GA as early as 1738.  During the campaign against St. Augustine, Oglethorpe's Yamacraw and Creek scouts brought back honeycomb to eat.
A small gourd drinking/eating bowl - my southern version of a noggin or canoe cup.
My latest wooden eating bowl and a couple of spoons.  The brass one was made by Joseph Privott.
Iron kettle of type traded to native people; this is a reproduction with a more correct bail (handle) added.  This very rarely goes to events, unless a "town" scenario is being presented, and we need to cook a lot of food.

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