Fine Artists of the midwest

All River Road Talent

Paul Pendola is a Galena, IL based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons, and other hand-crafted woodenware. Using only an axe, straight knife, hook knife, and all-natural food-safe oil and wax finishes, Paul's mission is to create simple, authentic, and beautiful functional art. Paul's work focuses on two main design themes including, his Pro-Series created for culinary enthusiasts wishing to complement their culinary skills and equip their gourmet kitchens with high quality truly one-of-a-kind woodenware, as well as his Primitive-Series, which is influenced by old world designs and applications.

As a member of the All River Road Talent, Scenic Art Loop, you can visit Paul's Spoon Carving Studio located at 420 S. High Street, Galena, IL, or his Woodworking Shop (know by locals as The Spoon Carver Cottage) located at 306 S. Prospect, Galena, IL. Paul also sells his work online at, and you can find his work at local markets and festivals along with several boutique retailers throughout Northwest Illinois (see Paul's website for list of locations).

Paul Pendola   Fox River Spoon Company

306 S Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036