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?
I process each order according to when it's received. I have posted on my Home Page the approximate processing time required to complete current orders and ship them. I update this time frequently. If you need your order sooner please let me know, I'm happy to accommodate when possible.
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. Over the years, and with a little pier pressure to get me to sell my spoons, here I am enjoying making spoons full-time.
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 or harden and can go rancid over time. Always remember to use non-toxic food safe oils on any untreated wood surface or utensil. Mineral oil is a great alternative 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.
DO YOU USE GLUE or laminated wood IN YOUR UTENSILS?
NO, The wood I use to make my utensils is solid hard wood 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. You may order my utensils without without any inlay.
MSDS on Titebond III below:
MSDS on Titebond III below:
IS THE WOOD TREATED WITH CHEMICALS BEFORE OR AFTER IT IS MADE?
NO, the wood I use is not treated with any chemicals, sanding sealers, or wood stabilizers before or after making the utensil. Generally, most wood varnishes are not FDA approved for food contact, with a few exceptions. I like to keep my utensil food-safe and 100% natural as possible. If I added sealers or other "chemicals" on the wood it would make the utensil unsafe to cook with or use in the kitchen. I give my customers the option to have their utensil pre-seasoned with a blend of food-safe salad bowl walnut oil and pure beeswax or not having any pre-seasoning at all.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR WOOD?
I get my wood from neighbors, friends, customers, locally operated sawmills, and a few Maine wood suppliers. Because I make several thousand kitchen utensils throughout the year, much of my wood comes from reliable local wood suppliers like Rockler Woodworking and Rare Woods USA. The wood from my local suppliers comes from certified sustainably managed woodlands. I hand pick each piece of lumber and make sure the wood is ready to be used in your kitchen.
IS THIS YOUR FULL-TIME JOB OR JUST A HOBBY?
Yes! I’m a full-time woodworker. Making spoons started out as a therapeutic hobby, but soon became a therapeutic living. I’m dedicated to woodworking and strive to achieve perfection in all of my projects weather a fine furniture commission or a custom designed kitchen utensil set for a new home. You can count on my experience to create a lasting work of art to be enjoyed by friends and family for years to come.