The Kootenay Spoons Story
The Kootenay Spoons of today actually began in Hawaii in 1980. Michael Ferrier had moved his family from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia to manage an organic farm in Kona, Hawaii. During the quiet times there he began carving spoons, calling on the carving skills learned from his grandmother when he was young. Inspired by her creations and fueled by his goal of self-employment, he used spoon carving as a second income.
In 1983 Michael moved his family to Loleta, California, and during layoffs from heavy construction and carpentry he developed a line of spoons and kitchenware, selling them at local fairs. Within a short time Eel River Spoons was an established business with retail accounts dotted throughout Northern California. Bear Claws were born during this time.