The utensil making process #1: Wooden Kitchen Utensils

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Blog entry by osageman posted 03-04-2009 11:48 PM 12568 reads 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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: 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!!!

-- OsageWare

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 12:19 AM

I am looking forward to seeing how you do it. I made some several years ago and they were quite well received (who can argue with free). I still have several wooden spatulas that I made simply by copying the outline of a spatula onto a 1/4” thich slice of maple. They are at least 20 years old and still used weekly. I also made some from mesquite which was handy and had tight grai

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 01:17 AM

Looking forward to it.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 01:32 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to start this blog and your willingness to share with us hear at Lumberjocks. I will be looking forward to seeing the videos as well as more of the blog.

I do have a question. You said there are other woods that are good to also use, what are those in your opinion?

Again thank you for sharing.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 01:34 AM


Now you’re singing my anthem: Osage Can You See.

We’ve got plenty of Osage Orange here in Kentucky.
The locals call it Hedge Apple and use it for fence posts.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 01:39 AM

I will keeping up with your post and am looking foward to them also.

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#6 posted 03-05-2009 01:59 AM

I’m on the edge of my seat.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 03-05-2009 02:39 AM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-05-2009 03:59 AM

Thank you for your generosity! I’ll be standing by :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-05-2009 06:34 AM

FYI – If go wood hunting and cut down Hedge/Osage Orange Trees watch out for their thorns they are nasty.
Really looking forward to you posts.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#10 posted 03-05-2009 07:43 AM

I’ve marked this as a “Favorite” to keep track of your blog. This will be a fun class!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 03-05-2009 01:36 PM

Methinks you stirred up some interest. :) Never knew so many Jocks were interested in ‘spoonin’. ;)

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#12 posted 03-05-2009 05:34 PM

One of the commonalities that most of the members here share is the desire to learn something new, particularly with regards to woodworking. I am looking forward to seeing your technique posted. Right now I am totally in the dark about making utensils so I simply do not know what questions to ask. Videos are a wonderful learning tool. It will be nice to follow your techniques.

Thanks again for sharing this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 03-05-2009 06:19 PM

I have made utensils from many different kinds of wood. Osage is my #1 choice (for many reasons)
My 2nd choice is hard rock maple. And maple is easy to get and it’s a good wood to work. Here is a good indicator to see if the wood you want to use is good for utensils. Take your thumb nail and run it accross the wood, if you can mark it easily, then it is too soft… And then do the tests I give you futher down in this blog post. I guess I should have just made this a blog post in itself. Do the tests I’ve listed below. This is the most important step you need to do before you start making utensils out of the wood you’ve choosen…

The woods I would stay away from are, pine and cedar, (they will transfer that pine smell to the food you are cooking) and walnut. Walnut will crack if you leave it in while you are cooking (from the heat) I think walnut is beautiful but not really suitable for utensils. If you take good care of them, they will last a very long time. Please don’t take anything I say wrong. Make them out of any kind of wood that you want. What I am trying to do is give you guidelines of what I have found to work the best for me and the tests I’ve done.

Here are some test you can do to see if the wood you want to use is suitable. (If it has an odor, just, don’t use it. ) Make a utensil from the wood you want to try and do these test.1.) Cook with it to see if it transfers any taste to the food you are cooking. 2.) Leave the utensils in whatever you are cooking. This will tell you, how it will stand up to heat. 3.) Run it through your dishwasher at least a dozen times to see how it stands up. If it gets fuzzy after the 3rd time don’t use it. 4.) get a sealed contanier that the utensil will fit in and fill it with water and leave the utensil in it for a month. Make sure it is completely sumerged. take it out and dry it off. See how long it takes to completely dry. If it stands up to these test, then it will be a great choice to use…

I didn’t mean to write so much in the comment section. If you want to make a utensil that stands the test of time, then these are the test you need to do… If you find a wood that passes these tests, please let me know of it. John

If they”survive” these test then you have a wood that is suitable for wooden ware!

-- OsageWare

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#14 posted 03-05-2009 09:02 PM

this is excellent
thank you!

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#15 posted 03-07-2009 10:44 PM


Check this blog series on how to add digital content to Lumberjocks pages

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