Rock Maple Flowform

Hand-crafted spatula cut from a block of rock maple. A study in flowforms, function, ergonomics, affordances, and aesthetics, and an exercise in craft.


3 Weeks, Spring 2022


Designing Products for Interaction

Line and Silhouette Studies

Paper Studies 


Ink & Charcoal Studies

SolidWorks Modeling & Further Exploration

Final Foam Models

Craft Process
Using the bandsaw, I made two cuts on the 11x4 plane and two cuts on the 11x2 plane of the wood block, resulting in a total of 9 pieces, the middle-most one being the spatula. From here, I used the belt sander, oscillating spindle sander, rasps, and various grits of sandpaper to shape and smooth the form.