I've been busy doing carving in the studio this week. I've carved a couple of utensils for my kitchen, received an order for another tie clip from one of PeterC's coworkers, and carved a new utensil to put up for sale. In addition to that we've managed to get the apple trees pruned, saving several pieces for carving later.
Name: Sourdough Wand
Wood: White Pine
Finish: Watco Butcher Block Sealer
You can't use metal to stir sourdough starter, due to chemical reactions, so up to now I have been using the end of a wooden spoon or a bamboo screwer. I decided I needed something a little more practical and this is what I came up with. I've carved one of these for myself and one to sell.
Name: Coffee Scoop
Finish: Walnut Oil and oil from coffee grounds
The picture here is of the scoop freshly finished with oil. Over time and with use the oils found in coffee grounds will stain the wood a rich brown, hopefully bringing out the details of the chip carved handle.
Here is the tie clip I have created in response to the special order placed through PeterC. The main body is cherry while the inlay is wenge end grain and basswood strips. The overall length is almost 3 inches. I suspect it will be to wide and I'll have to cut a 1/4 inch off each end to make it smaller. This has not been oiled yet so you are seeing the bare wood here.