Avontuur (Adventure)

Working with green wood is always an adventure, just as carefully examining the products. No spoon is the same. Not only because it is all manually made, but also because every piece of wood is different.

different colours of wood

When I start working on a piece of wood, I can already predict a little what the wood will look like after splitting and cutting, based on knowledge and experience. Yet it is always exciting what will show up. The grain in the wood is always different. Are there any knots? What is the structure of the fibers? What is the colour like and might there also be an interesting discolouration due to fungi in the wood?

The colour also changes by oiling the wood. However, the degree of discolouration differs per type of wood. Some species get a light-yellow colour due to the linseed oil. Others get a deep brown colour again. You also get a discolouration when using your wooden spoons and bowls in practice. Oil and fats from the food give a gradual discolouration of the wood. If you use a spoon or spatula to bake with, the colour will change even more by caramelisation of the sugars in the wood. Sometimes I speed up this last process by baking the spoons in the oven. This gives them a nice dark colour in a relatively short time, making them look extra old.

unbaked wild cherry spoon
Wild Cherry spoon
The same spoon after baking in the oven

The wood should always be dried slowly after cutting, otherwise it might crack. Occasionally, cracks occur nevertheless . Sometimes this means that the work piece is reduced to firewood. Sometimes I can crop the piece so that the crack is gone. But sometimes… it might even contribute to a beautiful authentic look.

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