Feb 1, 2009 at 11:03 am #1233720
I just finished carving a spork out of red oak. (If anyone cares, I'll post a pic after I seal it)
Any recommendations for a natural oil/sealant that would be good on an eating utensil?
Thanks.Feb 1, 2009 at 11:24 am #1474486
@pa_jayLocale: on the move....
Cool project. I've used mineral oil, and 'butchers block oil' (similar). Both work well.
Time to cook up some Dick Proenneke style peppery ram stew…Feb 1, 2009 at 11:36 am #1474490
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Mineral oil is the accepted "food safe" oil used on utensils and butcher blocks.
I bought a small wooden spoon in a kitchen store that is light and fun– there's something earthy and nostalgic about wooden utensils.
Don't forget chopsticks. The *only* way to eat ramen on the trail and not bad for stirring in a small pot. Emergency dry tinder for a fire too.Feb 1, 2009 at 12:13 pm #1474500
@tippymcstaggerLocale: North Texas
"mineral oil, and 'butchers block oil' (similar). Both work well."
It is worth noting that mineral oil is available in any pharmacy and at a far better price. Look at butchers block oil and read the ingredient.Feb 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm #1474505
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Mineral oil? We must have a difference in meanings here. To me, 'mineral oil' means the same as motor car oil! Perhaps you mean something like vegetable oil or paraffin oil?
CheersFeb 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm #1474514
Thanks for the advice everyone.
I've never heard of mineral oil for this purpose.
I have used olive oil and then baked a piece to dry it/burn off excess- the result was good, but it was for a carving/sculptural piece and I wasn't sure how well it would do for food.
Yes, chopsticks are great Dale!
I already have some that I've carved out of walnut- I'm a pretty hardcore noodle eater, definitely a must.
My wife has been laughing at me all morning- carving away, sanding my little spork….(she's used to me spending hours on this sort of nonsense, I'm an artist).
I'm really into the idea of making as much of my own gear as is possible for right now- the spork has been fun.
I want lathe a really light wooden bowl to nest inside my cookpot as well. I've been thinking quite a bit about the lack of art and personality in backpacking gear- I understand the pragmatism behind it (weight/mass production), but I'm getting tired of all the name brand, generic stuff I have; I'm looking to create a more unique/artistic kit.Feb 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm #1474516
@sparkmanLocale: The Great White North, eh!Feb 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm #1474610
i'd love to see the finished product as i've been thinking about the same project for a while now.
another option for finishing:
Daren……….Feb 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm #1474633
Below is a link from the US department of Ag. on acceptable and edible sealants for wood utensils. They also recommend mineral oil, as well as olive and peanut oils. Cheers, MarkFeb 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm #1474662
Damn, we are a bunch of nerds…
Anyhow, thanks for all the info folks.
Here are a couple pictures of it sealed with mineral oil I picked up today at Rite Aid. Joy!!! $5 got me enough for at least 150 more sporks and 600 chopsticks.
It weighs .6 oz, that's .1 oz less than the Snowpeak Ti spork.
I'd really like to use bamboo, just don't have any stock that's thick enough.Feb 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm #1474665
Nice work Craig! It also has dual use if you pack a bushbuddy! ;)Feb 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm #1474821
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Beautiful piece of work!
Judging from the quality of your spork, you might have a second career ahead! Had you thought of a salad bowl and server set for home? They would make beautiful gifts, and I'm sure would reconcile your wife to your hobby!Feb 2, 2009 at 2:22 pm #1474825
Craig, that's some nice work my friend!
My Ti folding spork weighs 0.65 oz, lacks character, and was probably made by a child worker…keep on carving!Feb 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm #1474826
@bestbuilderLocale: Pacific Northwest
Contact this Paint store Daly's , they specialize in all kinds of odd finishes.
I use their product for wood serving trays- they can get you the best for your needs.Feb 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm #1474865
You lamented the lack of a bamboo source. Well it's closer than you think. Hustle over to Wally World or your local kitchen store an look for 'bamboo mixing spoons'. I got a two 'blank' package for $9.
This is a quick and dirty practice piece weighing 0.49 ounces and is so much nicer than eating off of Ti (and 0.52 ounces).
Thanks for the inspiration.Feb 3, 2009 at 11:21 am #1475074
Round 2 –Feb 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm #1475145
I've always liked the look/feel of bamboo utensils and bowls.Feb 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm #1475154
@maynard76Locale: New England
i dont know how I missed this thread? I also like bamboo utensils, they feel so much nicer on my teeth. I bought a package of bamboo spoons at Wally world or was it ebay?, Its just that I like the long handle on my Ti spoon and my bamboo spoon weights a fraction more. Cant decide which one to take sometimes.Feb 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm #1475157
My second attempt above comes in at 0.47 ounces and is the same length as a long handled Ti spoon.
With a little shaping and sanding you could lose some weight.Feb 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm #1475158
@maynard76Locale: New England
Worth a second look at Wally's. ThanksFeb 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm #1475159
I LOVE your spork!!!
CheersFeb 5, 2009 at 10:17 am #1475626
Thought you might like this:
Also, this site sell the mora carving knives at a pretty good price. I think it's probably tough to hollow out a mug without some specialized knives.
Been thinking about getting into this stuff myself.Feb 5, 2009 at 11:06 am #1475639
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