And I think you might be better off carving seasoned wood rather than green stuff. Alder is apparently bad for spoons because the wet-dry-wet-dry thing makes it crack. Q2: How do I keep my wooden cooking utensils looking good and not cracking? A: To care for your wooden spoons, hand wash with soap and warm to hot water only. Now, unlike American Beech, Black Walnut is one of our most popular wood types. Maybe the most popular wood type that we offer. However, if you’re wanting a good strong spoon for stirring bread dough, Maple or Hickory would definitely be a better choice. A Peek Into the Process – Carving Measuring Spoons.
Arten has never purchased wood for his spoons. Good Food to Share (2010). Tough, hard woods like pecan, hard maple, and mesquite make excellent woodenware. The Process. Plane the best face flat. Look carefully at your stock, and lay out the utensil with a pattern or an existing utensil, or just freehand a drawing of a shape you like. When making a spoon, it’s best to carve it from green wood. It carves and smooths so much easier. When you have it done, saturate it in Mineral Oil until it won’t soak any more up.
This spoon is not only a good tool and a great gift, but it may also become a family heirloom. You can, of course, carve this spoon without using the drill press, but it is a lot easier to carve the bowl shape with most of the wood already removed. Using hand tools to carve spoons is best done with freshly cut ‘green’ wood. Recently felled wood is easier to carve but sourcing it is a little trickier than getting your hands on dry wood. In our household, getting out the good tableware often means getting out woodenware. Cherry and birch are also ideal woods for carving spoons, but other spoon carvers have different favorites.
Diy In The Kitchen: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoons