FINISHING YOUR SPOON
Dry your spoon by wrapping it in a handkerchief or towel for about a week until its dry. Test by holding it against your cheek and if it is no longer cool, the moisture is gone
Sand your spoon smooth starting at 80 grit. "Raise the grain" by getting it wet with a wash cloth. Allow to dry. Sand with 120 grit and then 220 grit.
Slather Mike Mahoney's Walnut Oil or a food safe oil and all spoon to cure for 2 weeks. If it looks thirsty, add more oil.
Enjoy! Keep your spoon out of soaking water. Wash with dish soap and allow to air dry. If you leave it soaking in a sink the wood will remember its a tree and start to drink the water which leads to cracking.
NOT FINISHED? Freeze your spoon in a sealed plastic bag. Thaw for an hour in warm water before carving again.
HOW LONG IS WOOD GREEN? If left in the open air, the end grain will dry out. A fresh cut log takes a while to dry but typically you want to get to it in a month or 2 in the summer. Winter freezes everything so don't worry about your logs quickly drying.
OTHER SPOON INFO
KNIVES: Del Stubbs at Pinewood Forge makes excellent spoon tools. Located in Bemidji, MN
KNIVES: Reid Schwartz makes beautiful spoon tools.
KNIVES & AXES: Jojo Wood and Robin Wood's high quality tools.
MORA KNIVES: #120 & #164 great intro tools buy from Ragweed Forge. (We sell them at the shop)
THE BEST AXE EVER: Julia Kalthoff's carving axes (Sweden)
MEDIUIM FAV AXE: Gransfor Bruks Wildlife Hatchet
INTRO AXE: Hida Tool in Berkley CA, imports tools from Japan.
GLOVES: Grainger's cut proof gloves. Cut-proof
WHERE TO BUY TOOLS