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Hi All. This is my first post on LJ. I have been enjoying all of your work and commentary for about six months now. Here is some basic kitchen ware that I have done this year- the cutting board I made in high school wood shop back in 1983. My mother has been using the board for the last 28 years and she recently passed it back to me so I refinished it. It has seen some good sturdy service.
I have worked in wood most of my life but am new to carving. Okay, much of my carving is really shaping with various power sanders- the spoon bowls I carved. I am especially interested in the MANY finishing processes that I read about. These utensils are my first and thay are variously treated with Watco Butcher Block, Howards Butcher Block, soaked in olive oil (my dad's advice) and one or two other methods. I am really interested in what some of you might recommend for finishing kitchenware that is intended for daily use.
Thanks for looking! I have a few other recent projects of much larger scale that I will try to share this holiday weekend while some of us celebrate the strong American work ethic…. by taking the day off. Just kidding- days off are sometimes when the real work gets done.

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Great looking spoons… Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for posting these, I look forward to seeing your other projects. Glad you finally stopped "lurking" and joined in with us - Welcome!
 

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@cajunpen- Lurking, learning… it's a fine line.
 

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I would love to use some of those beautiful utensils!
 

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Welcome aboard!
 

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Great looking utensils. I'd be interested in knowing the various woods used.
 

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The spoons are of mahogany, zebrawood and purpleheart. The spatula is oak (salvaged from old furniture.) The pot stirrer is bubinga and the little knife/spreader is mahogany.
 

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I don't make wooden spoons but we use quite a few in our kitchen. I treat my cutting boards (end Grain) with mineral oil from the local drug store. Our spoons are treated with a combination of mineral oil mixed with bees wax. I purchased this mixture on line but they are out of business now. I treat the spoons any time they appear to be getting dried out, usually 3-4 times a year. I oil the cutting board once a year, pour the oil on and let it set overnight or until the oil is completely absorbed into the wood. When the wood will not absorb any more oil your done. Wipe it down & us it. I oil both sides.The spoons are made from cherry & maple, I prefer the maple. Treated properly they will last a very long time.
 
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