I have a collection of 4 carved spoons and 6 carved forks that my late father-in-law carved. Some are 50+ years old.
Bee's Wax is easily melted and not used for anything that heat will effect (utensils and cooking)...
What my father-in-law did for these and for cedar planks that were used for cooking, was to rub them down with cooking oil and then bake them with low heat... Sharon doesn't remember how much, as they had a kitchen type woodstove. They couldn't afford extra things like mineral oil would be, so I'm assuming it was just vegetable oil.
As you know, that is also how you cure cast iron cookery and how the pores in those are sealed. Once cooled the first time, it is sealed. That is also how he seasoned his cedar planks for cooking. Once you cure cooking oil like that, it creates a hard, shellac type finish. They are not shiny nor have anything above the surface of the wood... It just looks like they have a dull darkened mat finish to them.
Some of these are made from red cedar. Others are made from burled maple, where the handle was the branch and the head of the spoon was where the branch went into the tree.
Even though from these are made from different woods, they are all the same color, a medium brown... Where you can see that the oil was darkened by heat, which darkened the grain and tinted the wood, until he got what he felt was "done." It seems he did that by "color" as, even though there was much time between these pieces, all these woods ended up with closely the same tint.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 11-09-2013 at 12:37 PM.