Frequently Asked Questions
At my shows and local craft markets, I get a lot of questions. Some have to do with spoons and others not so much. So, here are some of the most common questions. If you have a specific question not covered here please contact me.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY ORDER?
Most orders are shipped within 7 to 10 business days. I process each order according to when it's received.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MAKING SPOONS AND KITCHEN UTENSILS?
It all started as a therapeutic hobby and personal challenge to see if I could make a simple wooden spoon.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO OIL [“SEASON”] MY SPOON?
You should season your wooden utensil if it looking a little worn out, or dry. Applying food-safe oil every 2-3 months will usually keep your spoon seasoned.
IS IT SAFE TO USE HOUSEHOLD VEGETABLE OIL OR COOKING OIL ON WOODEN SPOON?
I do NOT recommend using vegetable oil on your wooden surfaces or spoons. Vegetable oil does not cure and can go rancid over time. Always remember to use non-toxic food-safe oils on any untreated wood surface or utensil. Mineral oil and Odie's oil are great alternatives for those with nut allergies. The three most common polymerizing oils that will harden to form a solid material without chemical drying agents are: Tung oil, Linseed oil, and Walnut oil. Only walnut oil will harden without darkening, yellowing or clouding. Wood should look like wood, not plastic!
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO CARVE A WOODEN SPOON?
Some spoons take about an hour, while others can take up to 80-hours. It's all in the details and style requested to make. This time DOES NOT include gathering the wood from suppliers, cutting, sizing, or making the wood into blanks; or the time it takes to package the order or bring to the Post Office. There's a lot of work that goes into every spoon.
DO YOU USE GLUE OR LAMINATED WOOD IN YOUR UTENSILS?
NO, The wood I use to make my utensils is solid domestic hardwood NOT laminated wood. I only use Titebond III glue to hold the inlay accents in the handles. This glue is rated for direct food contact, however, the glue is inside the inlay pocket and most likely will NOT come in contact with any food. Tibebond III is frequently used by woodworkers in the glue-up of cutting boards.
IS THE WOOD TREATED WITH CHEMICALS BEFORE OR AFTER IT IS MADE?
NO, the wood I use is NOT treated with any chemicals before or after making the utensil. I like to keep utensils 100% food-safe.