Welcome to Woodland Treasures, where every piece is handcrafted with love and care. I’m Sarah Ruganis, a free-spirited woodworker who finds inspiration on a whim. My passion for woodworking began when a friend of our family’s introduced me to the drawknife, an old tool used to shave wood. Instantly, I had this strange desire to make a spoon. That’s how it all started.
I believe that beauty can be found anywhere, even in the kitchen. When I was cooking with my cheap, unattractive wooden spoon one night, I thought about how I would love to have a more pleasant looking utensil. I wanted beautiful utensils. Now, I have the pleasure to make and share these crafted pieces with others who appreciate them as much as I do.
All of my utensil pieces are made with wood purchased from local lumber businesses in my area of southwest Florida, with the exception of occasional gifted wood from family and friends. Each item is thoughtfully crafted and made using a variety of tools, requiring patience, time and effort. All of my items are finished and sealed with a food-safe, Florida harvested beeswax and mineral oil.
I design and create products right in my little workshop on our home property. While I love creating the wood works, my husband helps in much of the business aspect, fixes my broken tools, and shares his muscles in the heavy lifting, as well as his insight. He’s so wonderful! Also, not to mention, I have had all the help, advice and guidance that I gratefully take hold of from knowledgeable, caring friends and family, who have helped in guiding me along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I hope that you’ll find something here that inspires you, even if it’s a new wooden spoon to make recipe for your next meal. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d love to hear from you!