Wooden Walnut Whisk

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Project by Ballantyne posted 02-04-2014 05:47 PM 2140 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project!
One I havent seen done really..

I’ve been experimenting with steam bending wood.. so with this, I just steam bent a small strip of walnut,
And drilled a small hole into a lathed handle, and glue!


So, the one worry I have is the strength of the bent part.
Perhaps another wood would be a better choice. When I’ve dealt with small strips of walnut, they seem to just break with no warning if the grain is not right.

What wood might you choose for this project?

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 07:07 PM

A very gorgeous project, but with as nasty as Walnut dust seems to be, I’d be wary of using it near food. If splinters came off the project, or if it snapped, I’d probably have to force myself to pitch whatever I was using it on.

I’ve found beech works really well for bending work like this.

-- --Shafe

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 07:12 PM

I havent had the chance to work with beech yet.

Im basically a self taught apprentice :)

I dont work with dimensional lumber, so I square everything by hand from a log.

And I dont know how to identify beech yet :)

-- Jeff, Bobcaygeon, Wilderness Explorer

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 07:19 PM

Ash would be good. Get a straight grained piece and rive it into strips. Then mill the strips to the desired thickness and width, then steam bend them.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 07:20 PM

Ash and oak are good steam bending woods.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 07:26 PM

I’ve steamed and bent oak with good success. These look really good. Love the look of walnut, but I’ve always thought it a bit fussy to work with compared to Oak and some other hardwoods.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 09:42 PM

Nice work. I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting with bending too. Red oak worked very well. I want to try some birch, which is super common in the woods here and is reputed to bend very easily (white birch trees will bend to touch the ground without breaking after an ice storm and then come back after).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 11:56 PM

Very good.

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 02:20 AM

very cool!! i might try hickory.

-- mesure once. cut twice.. or three times.. then smash it in with a hammer

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#9 posted 02-05-2014 03:14 PM

Don’t use oak if it going to come in contact with food.

Oak is ring porous wood and will soak up food material and bacteria..

For making any type of kitchen utensil i try and stick with the tight grain hard fruit woods like Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, or even hard Maple

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#10 posted 02-05-2014 07:55 PM

Nice Project!

Bobcaygeon EH! I’ve Drown a few Dew Worms in that general area. Pigeon Lake Nearby?

Have I got the right Location?

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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