Sharron and Tom share a love of canoeing and wild gathering, permaculture, ecology, and exploring culinary cultures.
An inventor and designer, Tom learned shopcraft and building by apprenticing to his father, a millwright and blacksmith. Growing up in a farming family, he grew vegetables, planted trees, fished, made wine, and prepared food creatively from a young age.
He discovered his passion for fluid dynamics while simultaneously studying Pure and Applied Science and taking flying lessons. Pulling these skills and interests together, in 1991 he invented the Pot Scoop, the first fluid dynamic cooking utensil.
A photographer and graphic designer from childhood, Sharron's first career as a manager in theatre and film became the training ground for running Leading Edge Designs. Whether co-designing Littledeer kitchen tools, teaching communications courses, or communicating with clients and media, the theme of sustainability (doing plenty with little) runs parallel through her business and teaching.
An advocate of fresh ingredients, Sharron gardens, gathers, preserves, and bakes for pleasure.
Leading Edge Designs (1984) Inc.
"naj bolje za kuhati" (the best for cooking). These first scooped paddles evolved into
the Pot Scoop...the first wooden spoon deliberately designed not to crack.
Websites we enjoy:
Cravings a New York-based food, wine, and travel review published by the Cheng Sisters.
SwipStix is an innovative eating utensil designed to heighten the pleasure of eating.
Margaret Dickenson, International Culinarian of the Year shares her international, award-winning recipes, menus, and tips through her TV series "Margaret's Table," recipes, and more.
Luchia Chia's beautiful cookbook of luscious art.
Rowan Jacobsen, leading author on the subject of oysters, estuaries, and their importance to the health of our oceans.
Oyster Aficionado, where you can test your knowledge of oysterology.