First of all I would like to say thanks for all the interest in “how to make wooden kitchen utensils”. I didn’t realize that I would receive so much interest. I will say that the process is not easilly learned from reading about it but by personally seeing them made. I plan on making videos of each utensil I make to show the steps I use. I will add a sample video as soon as I make one. (I’ve never made a video)
Please post your questions and I’ll answer them. There is soooo much involved in making wooden ware that it is impossible to cover it all in a blog post like this. I will try to answer each one in as much detail as I can. It would take me several months of you working with me everyday to learn everything about the process. I will give you the basic outline to your question. But for even me, it’s a learning process.
I am working on a membership site to cover all aspects involved in making wooden ware. There will be videos of every utensil I make. I will have videos on, How to get your wood for free!, when to cut the tree, how to harvest the tree. The woods I use and recommend for utensils. (all wood is not suitable for wooden ware) How to season the wood. How long to season before use. The right grain, for the right utensil, Pattern making, designing utensils, (making each utensil ergonomic) and each step of the utensil making process from beginning to end. How to market, and how to get them into stores, and how to sell once they are there, And much, much more!!! I don’t have it set up yet, but I’ll let you know more about it as I get closer to launch time…
When I first started making utensils I didn’t have anyone to teach me. It was all by, trial and error. And Believe me, there was a lot of error. Like I read on here: I can take a perfectly good piece of lumber and turn it into fire wood, right before your very eyes!!! I know he was just joking and wanted to add some humor to his site.
Someone asked me to make them a wooden utensil that wouldn’t break. I had my start with Osage when I made bows and arrows. I thought, Osage would be a good choice to try, so I made her a simple stiring stick. Some one saw it and wanted one. At first I made them and gave them away, but as the demand grew and my supply of Osage dwindeled I either had to stop making them or sell them to pay for the supplys I needed. People would ask, can you make this utensil or that utensil. So, I started designing more. Now I have around 25 designs.
Your first attempts at making wooden utensils can be a rewarding experience (if you are taught right) I have never done anything like this before, so please be patient. I am not a writter, but can teach you by showing you a video, of how to make it.. I can show you better than I can tell you. That way, you can see it being made as I explain what I am doing. It will increase your learning curve by 10 fold.
Please post your questions and comments about this blog. Good or bad. Since I have never done anything like this, I need your imput.
It is my sincere wish to teach those that want to learn. If you want to learn so you can start selling you’re utensils, that’s fine, just let me know and I’ll give you help on other things such as websites and marketing, and how to get you’re utensils into stores and how to make them sell once they are there…
I also sell the utensils I make. Every utensil is guaranteed for life! (as long as you follow the simple care instructions that come with your utensil) I’ll have all my utensils posted before too long. The only wood I think is worthy of a life time guarantee is Osage Orange. In the next blog post, I’ll share some very intensive tests that I did with Osage and the results. Other woods are good also, but Osage is the only one I stand behind with a 100%, life time guarantee!!!
Here is my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Use my email if you want more information on my utensils for sale.
Thanks again ! and don’t forget to post those questions and comments, John, The Osage Tree!!!