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FINISHING YOUR SPOON

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

STROP & COMPOUND: stay sharp by honing your knives. Buy a strop here: Woodcraft & Honing Compound Here.

GLOVES: Grainger's cut proof gloves. Cut-proof


WHERE TO BUY TOOLS

JOIN OUR SPOON CARVING CLUB ON FACEBOOK

CONTACT US!

fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com


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