Personalized Lefse Sticks

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 10-28-2017 03:37 PM 1082 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is going to have a table at her church craft sale and asked me to go in with her so she could fill it up. I have been making these personalized lefse sticks for friends so it seems like a good choice to offer up. Lefse is a traditional soft Scandinavian flatbread made with potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It is cooked on a large, flat griddle. The stick is used to lift the lefse from the pastry board and turn on the griddle. These are more up scale than store bought sticks since in some circles lefse making is a competitive sport. :-)

Local “white” birch from a sustainably managed forest. Blanks are cut on the table saw with a tapering jig then hand shaped with a block plane and sander. Three coats of food save salad bowl finish, then the handles are masked off and painted with three coats of paint. The handles are then masked and I cut in the names with my CNC and hand paint the name and flourish. Two more coats of food safe sealer and they are ready. Lots of work for just a stick!

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 07:25 PM

Good job on the personalized sticks!!

Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 11:17 PM

Cool looking. Had no idea what a Lefse stick was, very informative.

At first glance I thought personalized paint sticks.

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#3 posted 10-29-2017 05:00 AM

When I first saw these, fear shot through me. These look a lot like polenta sticks. Polenta sticks are used to stir polenta so they are thicker and beefier. My mother had one and used it all the time. Occasionally she made polenta with it. Sure glad one of these didn’t have my name on it.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#4 posted 10-29-2017 02:57 PM

These are so nice and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-31-2017 12:54 PM

Turned out great – and I’ll bet they are a whole lot easier to make than a Lefse rolling pin…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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