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Bill Berklich

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05-21-2019 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question carving spoon gaboon ebony cocobolo bloodwood paduk hard maple cherry walnut poplar pine spruce osage orange

Questions for the LJ Sages.

My sister wants a simple spoon to stir her coffee. I have Gaboon Ebony, Cocobolo, Bloodwood, Paduk, Hard Maple Cherry, Walnut, Poplar, Pine Spruce, Osage Orange, and several more unidentified.

Fist question – out of the lot listed above any recommendations, even if it something different

Second – what finish would I use?

This will be my first spoon so ALL comments/suggestions welcome

-- Bill - Rochester MI


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#1 posted 05-21-2019 05:29 PM

If it were me Bill, I’d probably stay away from any exotics just for possible allergy concerns. Any of the domestics listed should be fine I think.

Are you going to carve this spoon? If so and, unless you’re experience at carving, I’d consider Basswood.

I don’t have any suggestions on finish other than mineral oil or beeswax but I’m not sure how they would hold up in coffee…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-21-2019 05:30 PM

I haven’t used several of those species but I love spoon making and here’s my experience:

Walnut smells funny at first, and I’d expect it to leave a strange taste.
Cherry: The color ages w/ food amazingly well. My wife’s cherry spatula has been stained by all kinds of dark things but keeps somehow turning back into this super rich deep cherry that’s unreal.

Avoid pine/spruce.

Since she’s your sister, I’d consider this a good opportunity for some testing. Some spoons may have more splittage tendencies than others, and coffee would be a good test of that.

Finish:
Skip the beeswax, as it will just melt away. Use mineral oil. $2 at the pharmacy (laxative). It’s USP grade

Note on grading: USP is an actual grade and is intended to be taken by the spoonful. Don’t be fooled by things that cost 5x as much and claim “food grade.” As far as I can tell, “food grade” is a marketing term, not an actual grade.

Mineral oil is non-drying, so give her the bottle so she can oil it when it starts to dry out. Easy, safe.

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#3 posted 05-21-2019 05:37 PM

oops, can somebody delete this double post?

-- Keith | Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithsTestGarage

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#4 posted 05-21-2019 05:41 PM

I’d also stick with the domestic hardwoods.
This is a handy reference http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 05-21-2019 05:48 PM

Thanks – I have plenty of locally harvested Cherry I can work with – bits left over from the last couple of projects – so I’ll probably use that. My carving has been Chip and Relief so no 3D type birds, fish etc. We’ll see how this work. If I get pissed at it I can fall back to the Dremel and a sander :-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 05-21-2019 05:54 PM

Cherry should be a pretty friendly wood to carve a spoon from. If it were me, I’d try to find a stick or two that was a little green though. It’s amazing how much easier green wood works with a knife than dry wood. I have some green Cherry if you need a bit. Also just cut an Apple tree down a couple of weeks ago. I bet green Apple would carve really nicely. (That might be a teaser for this summer’s beer swap ;-) )

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 05-21-2019 06:04 PM

...I bet green Apple would carve really nicely. (That might be a teaser for this summer s beer swap ;-) )

- HokieKen

Green apple sounds more like a new flavor of La Croix than good beer….

-- Keith | Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithsTestGarage

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#8 posted 05-21-2019 06:14 PM



Cherry should be a pretty friendly wood to carve a spoon from. If it were me, I d try to find a stick or two that was a little green though. It s amazing how much easier green wood works with a knife than dry wood. I have some green Cherry if you need a bit. Also just cut an Apple tree down a couple of weeks ago. I bet green Apple would carve really nicely. (That might be a teaser for this summer s beer swap ;-) )

- HokieKen

Kenny PM me – I’d love to try it green. All of mine is DRY… The County dropped a ton (or 5) of trees prepping for a new Roundabout. I skipped picking anything up – never considered carving it green. Maybe you’ll get it back in the next swap ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#9 posted 05-21-2019 06:23 PM

No green Apple beer for me Keith. That doesn’t sound good at all…

PM on the way Bill.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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