A 25-year-old from Bihar has carved a spoon measuring just 1.6 mm (0.06 inches) to break the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s smallest wooden spoon. Shashikant Prajapati, a micro artist, broke the previous record of 2 mm (0.07 inches) that was set by another Indian, Navratan Prajapati Murtikar, in 2022.
The Guinness World Records website states that to be eligible for this record, the spoon must be a to-scale replica of a standard wooden spoon. It means it must have a clearly evident bowl and handle.
“Making a spoon from wood is quite easy, but making the world’s smallest wooden spoon is quite a tough job,” Prajapati is quoted as saying.
Although the rules of this record permit the spoon to be constructed from multiple pieces of wood attached together, Prajapati carved his spoon from a single piece of wood, using a craft knife and a surgical blade.
He practised “a lot” to perfect the technique and carved over 10 iterations of the spoon before he was successful in making one which was small enough to break the record and meet the design requirements.
“New record: Smallest wooden spoon – 1.6 mm achieved by Shashikant Prajapati (India) A hotly contested record changes hands again, for the fourth time in three years!” the Guinness World Records posted on X, formerly Twitter.
New record: Smallest wooden spoon – 1.6 mm achieved by Shashikant Prajapati (India) 🥄
A hotly contested record changes hands again, for the fourth time in three years! 👇 pic.twitter.com/5k446DoiY7
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) August 7, 2023
Prajapati is “very passionate” about micro art. He hopes to gain recognition for his artistry by setting world records. Prajapati first became interested in making micro art during his first year of college, in 2015.