The Classic Stirrer


The Classic Stirrer is an all-round high performer and is the most versatile utensil in the Gilmour Design kitchenware range.  It suits a very wide range of cooking applications and works beautifully in pretty much every cooking vessel – pots, pans, wok and more. The Classic Stirrer is slim with sensuous elegance and graceful organic curves … and smooth as silk in the hand.

  • Perfect for sauces in all saucepans & pots
  • Great for Stir Fries in pans & skillets (esp. round-sided pans)
  • Functions well in a wok also as well as pans & pots
  • Will not scratch teflon (or any other) coatings
  • Safe for use in cast and wrought  iron pans and vessels
  • Right or Left Handed
  • Handmade in Australia by Seller – Gilmour Design
  • Made from salvaged or reclaimed wood
  • Dimensions: 34cm x 6cm x 1.8cm (13 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4″)
  • In production since 2001
  • FREE SHIPPING in Australia

This item is MADE TO ORDER – generally ships in 3 – 5 days
Please see ‘Additional Information’ for Item Listing Definitions


The Back Story

“I became really frustrated with lack of suitable cooking utensils available in kitchen stores. There was also the issue that most were made of softwoods which grew black mould in our wet season summers here in tropical northern Australia. It became quickly apparent the only realistic course of action was to make my own. I had a clear mental image of the design I wanted and … made a prototype the next morning. I was using it that night.

I had no intention of making any number or selling my utensils … this journey was purely about me. But, after a swag of friends cottoned on to the design during dinner parties … and giving way too many away for beers … I decided to start selling handmade utensils and other homewares objects.

This was the first utensil I designed and made … so, it became my classic … the Classic Stirrer. The year was 2001.” – Bob Gilmour: designer.

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The Classic Stirrer suits a very wide range of cooking applications. It works beautifully in pretty much every cooking vessel in the kitchen – pots, pans, wok … slow cookers, rice cookers, tureens … and more.  This is an all-round high performing cooking spatula and is the most versatile utensil in the Gilmour Design kitchenware range.

Functionally, the Classic Stirrer is lightweight yet with a solid feel and is perfectly balanced. Available in left and right handed versions, it is comfortable for use in either hand … and can also be used reversed. Aesthetically, the Classic Stirrer is slim with sensuous elegance and graceful organic curves … and is smooth as silk in the hand.

The Classic Stirrer is handmade from selected salvaged and recycled mostly Australian hardwood timbers. The Classic Stirrer is 34 cm (13 1/2 inches) long and 6 cm (2 1/2 inches) wide with a handle thickness of about 1.8 cm (3/4 inch). The working blade is about 15 cm (6 inches) long. The utensil has a gentle curve along the blade and a slight dish in its shape and is canted to either left or right as appropriate. The working tip is very slightly dished but when the stirrer is at its working angle, the breadth of the tip of the blade presents mostly a flat area of contact with the surface of the pan … allowing for forward and backward scraping or spreading … deglazing … or blending.

The Classic Stirrer evolved one night out of a dire need for a better stirring utensil. It is the original cooking utensil I designed and made to fulfil my own needs and is one of my best-selling utensils in face-to-face sales on my long-running market stall in Port Douglas, Australia. This design was first conceived and made in 2001 and has been in continuous on-demand production ever since.

Additional information


The wood selected and colour will most likely vary from items shown in the listing images. Rest assured that purchased items shipped will be the best available from stock on the day. If a buyer has particular requirements or concerns about material used and appearance then a conversation should be initiated with the seller.


It does NOT include any Utensil Rest or other accessory as may be shown in accompanying imagery UNLESS an option was provided by the Seller and chosen by the Buyer to add such accessory to the transaction. Any images of multiple utensils and/or accessories are for the purpose of best representing this item.


Care for this utensil is very simple. Do not be scared to use it and wash it in the sink using normal practices … hot water and dishwashing detergent are fine. Preferably keep it out of the dishwasher, although experience has proven that it will not kill it if the utensil ends up in there occasionally … though the intense detergent will prematurely harm the surface and finish. Oiling is not really necessary … but you can oil it if you want.

This utensil is sanded to a very smooth finish and is fully sealed with a penetrating food-neutral resin product. You do not need to oil this item as the sealing process creates an effective moisture barrier which will greatly slow down the oxidation process during the early years of its life. The utensil will last you a very long time and will age beautifully.


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Shipping Policy

Gilmour Design has been shipping work all around the world since 2001 for both face-to-face customers and online sales. Australia Post is the preferred shipping carrier and has been found to be extremely reliable and secure. Item tracking is generally available for all purchases.

Purchased items are shipped out in as timely as possible manner, though it depends on whether items are made to order or procured from stock on hand. If the latter, generally orders are posted within 3 days. For made to order items, the required time to ship is usually 5 to 7 days. Any delays in shipping will be communicated.

Purchased items are securely and strongly packed in purpose-made packaging. All items generally ship boxed … with boxes custom-made from recycled heavyweight cardboard. Products are brown paper wrapped and bubbled before boxing. Boxes are carefully made to “fit” the enclosed items so no movement of the product can occur during shipping and reinforced and padded according to the size of the item.

Handmade utensils wrapped and packed ready to ship - Gilmour Design - Australia

International buyers should be aware that import customs duties and taxes are their responsibility. Gilmour Design does not ship any prohibited items to any country and Customs Declarations reflect the true nature of the item and value. A separate “Customs Invoice” will generally be affixed to international destined packages where required by foreign country import law.

Having shipped handmade objects and artworks around the world for over 20 years, Gilmour Design has never been notified of any item for damage or loss. Buyers can have faith that every effort is made to ensure the safety of their purchased item and that it will arrive at their destination in a timely manner as expected. It should be noted, however, that once items have been shipped and are in the care of the post carrier, Gilmour Design is not responsible for delays in transit or loss / damage. However, in the rare event that there’s a problem with shipping, every effort will be made to assist with tracking the delivery and inquiries.

Handmade utensils wrapped and packed ready to ship - Gilmour Design - Australia

Updated : February 7, 2022

Refund Policy

Please refer to Cancellation/Return/Exchange Policy for general refund information.

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy

We all sometimes experience a bit of "buyers remorse" or receive an item which isn’t quite what we thought it was going to be. Sometimes also, mix-ups in shipping labels can occur and an item intended for someone else might turn up. Whilst inconvenient, it's usually not the end of the world and the best way to navigate such situations is to start some communication.

If you, the buyer, receive an item that you're not personally happy with on the basis of form or function or you discover that the shape doesn't really suit you, or you don't like the colour or something, please make contact with Gilmour Design immediately. The situation can generally be rectified pretty peacefully with a return / refund or a return / product exchange. In these cases, the cost of return shipping is generally the responsibility of the buyer both ways ... although because this can be a pretty grey area, there is room for negotiation. Returned items need to be in Unused and Re-sellable condition.

If you, the buyer, receive the wrong item, Gilmour Design covers all refund/shipping/exchange costs. In that event, please contact Gilmour Design straight away and, of course, the item needs to be kept in unused condition for return.

If, in the unlikely event, you receive an item that fails in the very early stages of use as a result of an obvious material defect, then please contact Gilmour Design straight away. Quality control of items created is extremely high but, particularly with wood, sometimes there might be a hairline crack or similar defect that simply isn't visible at the time of making and could open up during use. In this sort of situation, Gilmour Design will generally cover the shipping cost to send a replacement item. However, we won't be responsible for wear and tear or general damage to items sustained during on-going use by the buyer.

Refunds (if appropriate) for items made to custom order are based on several criteria. During the planning and creation stages, the buyer will receive images of the item for approval before shipping. If the item ships and the buyer is unhappy, a communication process with Gilmour Design should be initiated by email. A refund less shipping cost or partial refund less shipping and agreed-upon development fee may be made at the discretion of Gilmour Design if the item is deemed to be “re-sellable” at any selling venue. No refunds will generally be available for personalised items which have been laser engraved or otherwise bear features deemed to render them un-sellable in general. As usual, in this sort of case, please communicate with Gilmour Design.

In all cases, requests for refund / return / exchange need to be made within 14 days of receiving an item. Additionally, items to be returned need to be in Unused and Re-sellable condition. All refunds ... either full or partial ... are handled at the discretion of Gilmour Design.

Customer satisfaction is of paramount importance and every effort is made to arrive at a satisfactory outcome for the purchaser. Communication with Gilmour Design should be a top priority in any event that the buyer is dissatisfied with any aspect of the purchasing experience.

Updated : February 7, 2022