The first one on the left of the picture had a very nice shape and the handle, I thought would look nicely finished with a bit of chip carving.
After I had carved it I decided to try to age the wood colour with a strong coffee solution, this I have found needs as many coats as you decide to get the effect you desire. It's best to let the spoon or bowl to dry before adding another coat.
I then remove some of the colour with a light wire wool or scouring pad, This helps remove some of the stain and gives a nice patina effect, an effect that is artificial I know but it's an effect I have been experimenting with.
I decided to add colour with oil paint to the handle and quilted chip carving effect. And so the finished spoon left to dry and the oiled with flax seed oil.
The coffee smell wears off by the time it is dry near enough to oil.