Walnut eating spoon with unique coloring, finished with walnut oil.
Baking a Spoon: An Experiment
I carved a small coffee scoop in birch, but had heard that baking spoons in the oven would toast the wood and add color to lighter woods. Birch is a fair wood, and I have a few items already made of it, so I used this small piece for an experiment.
After carving and sanding, I put an extremely light layer of walnut oil on the surface of the scoop, and then wiped it off. The purpose of this is to provide just a light film of oil that will accelerate the coloring process, allowing the spoon to be baked in less time and be less brittle than if it baked longer or at a higher temperature.
I baked this spoon in the oven on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, at 400 degrees for approximately 22 minutes. The scoop came out of the oven with more color, slightly darker on the bowl than the handle. More trial and error as well as asking questions in the carving community will be needed to figure out how to get a perfectly even coloring, but I was pleased with this first attempt.
Before baking; placed on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Fresh from the oven with some color, prior to finishing with oil.
Photos of the baked birch spoon when finished; a nice toasty brown!
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