I bought this item so I could stir big pots of stew and chili more easily. But it's not a single piece of wood - the sides of the spoon are separate glued-on pieces. On my first attempt at cooking chili, it was working great at first, but later one of the glued-on spoon sides just came right off into my chili as I was stirring it. So I was like "Really?" Big honkin' $11 20-inch spoon falls apart on first use? Really? How lame is that? I guess maybe if you're going to stir hot dishes, you need a solid piece of wood. The glue on this one won't hold. That should be in the product description. 1 star (I'd give 0 stars if I could).