Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Spoon Carving Addendum

Thanks to everyone that came out to the spoon carving presentation at the Western PA Woodworkers monthly meeting. I had a great time doing it and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. As usual I have some thoughts after the fact that I'd like to share.

Apparently I totally neglected the finishing aspects of the project so I'll say a little about that. The most popular finishes among those I follow on the 'net are Raw Flaxseed (Linseed) Oil, this is food grade oil available at health food stores and better supermarkets. Also popular is Walnut Oil, again food grade but you have to be careful with people with tree nut allergies. Bee's Wax can also be used. These oils will polymerize over time into a film, just like Boiled Linseed Oil, but they take a few months to do so. You should not be tempted to use Boiled Linseed Oil since it contains chemical drying agents that are not good for you.

I also wanted to say a bit about finding inspiration. Here the internet is super helpful and if you are on Facebook there are several good groups to join where people share what they do and are super helpful with questions and ideas. Also I find a lot of ideas following people on Instagram. There's a very nice bunch of people sharing woodworking on Instagram and I get a ton of ideas there as well.

There are also some knives left. If you're interested in one I'll have what remains available at the next WPW meeting.

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