5 Questions: Boy Scout builds spoon chandeliers for Friendly Kitchen
When the new Friendly Kitchen opens on South Commercial Street, it will feature chandeliers made of spoons. Cole Beauchemin, a 13-year-old Concord resident, is building the spoon chandeliers as a service project to earn his star rank with Boy Scout Troop 88.
The new Friendly Kitchen will replace the soup kitchen’s Montgomery Street building that was badly damaged by fire last year. Phil Wallingford, president of the organization’s board of directors, said last week that the new building will be open for meals sometime around Thanksgiving.
Beauchemin’s uncle, Jonathan Halle of Warren Street Architects, designed the new Friendly Kitchen building as well as the chandeliers. Beauchemin said he and a few other Boy Scouts are attaching 1,000 spoons to the chandeliers.
What will the chandeliers look like? It’s a piece of plywood with a bit three-foot long diameter circled plywood painted white with 500 spoons in a circular pattern, angled at different lengths. So it almost looks like a glass chandelier dangling down.
How do you attach the spoons?
I drilled holes into the plywood, so I tie a string to the spoon and then tie it onto a washer and then I hang it down through a hole in the plywood.
How long have you spent drilling and hanging spoons? Eleven (hours) so far. I hung some of them (on Sunday).
When do you expect to finish? Around Christmas.
Has the process been fun? It’s been kind of tedious, but it’s been fun.