More about wooden spoons
I can't believe that it didn't occur to me before, while thinking about making spoons out of the madrone branches, but some of the other harwoods on our property are also considered good carving woods. We have huge quantities of beaked hazelnut, oceanspray and dogwood, as well as two young bigleaf maples and a vine maple.
I hate the oceanspray because their stupid flowers dry up and get in your hair and clothes all the time, so I am constantly cutting lots of that down. The hazelnuts around here are a real weed, and they are multi-trunked, so I could easily cut down several good sized trunks every year to start drying out. It seems that hazelnut is a preferred wood to use for carving walking sticks, so I think I might have to try one of those too.