Abstract painter Jeffrey Keith says he's been using the spoon pictured above in his studio for the last 25 years.
Abstract painter Jeffrey Keith says he's been using the spoon pictured above in his studio for the last 25 years. - 
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As part of our Pro Tool series, we're looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a pair of scissorsnotebook, or deck of cards

The next item in our series? A spoon. 

Professional: Jeffrey Keith, abstract painter. 

Pro Tool: Metal soup spoon.

Why it's a Pro Tool: "I was told early on that one of the tools a painter always needed was a spoon... The handle end is really just perfect for opening paint cans. The spoon part is great for rubbing things down, like if you're making a block print or wood print."

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