Rowan (sorbus aucuparia) or Mountain Ash is a frequent inhabitant of our uplands, especially on Dartmoor. It is our highest altitude tree.
It is a source of the glowing orange rowan berries that makes our Christmas game and cheese jelly.
The tree is said to ward off evil spirits, and most usefully its dense, finely grained wood makes for excellent carving. If nothing else it also makes for a good firewood.
This morning I made a small tea or coffee spoon from a branch of rowan that sits atop a hill overlooking Houndtor on Dartmoor.
I am no spoon carver so I cannot boast that it is a work of art.
But its a small, simple, functional and unassuming spoon with a little twist in the handle.