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Natasha Presents: You Should Do This
Hi my name is Natasha and from time to time I write blogs, maybe? Ugggghhh
Let’s chalk this most recent lag in blog writing to these things:
One: Netflix is killing it with great shows that I just sit and start and all of a sudden 18 hours has gone by. The Crown? Yes please ol’ chap. Chewing Gum? Come through Beyoncé joke realness. Easy? Too good. It’s just all too much.
Two: Kitchen renovations are still supreme commander of our house. But it looks great, so I ain’t complaining.
Three: Sheer laziness. Why write a blog when I can just eat all of the chocolate in the entire world and not move for an entire day? Excellent question, Natasha.
Anywhoo, I have pulled myself out of the #novemberrain to let you know this: I made a thing! And it is so super amazing: A WOODEN SPOOOOOOOONNNN!
A few weeks ago, Shauna and I took a beginners woodworking class through the Vancouver Tool Library and we made some bad-ass spatulas. Devon, our instructor, took us through all of the tips and tricks to making some killer wooden utensils that some people may use in real life, but we just put them on display and no one is ever allowed to touch them ever. Hahahaha do you think I put all of that effort into this spatula to FILTHY IT WITH MY COOKING STAINS?! #bechplease
So, when the VTL announced that they were doing a spoon making class, you know I was like SHAUNA SIGNS US UPS RIGHT NOW IF WE DO NOT GET A SPOT I WILL DIE (class-sign up related drama is my wheelhouse). If you are not aware, the Vancouver Tool Library is this awesome tool rental shop working off of Commercial Drive in Vancouver. For a membership price of $45 dollars a year, you can access a huge array of tools of all shapes and sizes for a very nominal fee per day. For all of us in the metro-world who don’t have the space to store 1000 tools nor the money to buy all of them, this is a great opportunity to get your wood on without having to purchase and store all of the necessary tools. Also, the people who work there are awesome (shout out to Greg and Devon who make the Saturday morning classes pure fun at an otherwise tragic 10AM in the morning on a weekend).
Alright, caffeinated and sated with doughnuts (so what Shauna and I have a class taking ritual whatever), we arrived to our spoon making class ready to chisel and sand our fingertips away. Devon went through a wealth of wood-based knowledge including: the best woods to use, where to source wood locally, and all of the nitty-gritty details one would need to know to make wooden spoons all day and everyday. I am going to try not to spoil all of the secrets, because you should definitely take the class if you live in YVR, but if you have any pressing and urgent questions feel free to hit me up in the comments below. Now, on to the actual work:
First step was for us to trace out a spoon shape on a piece of cherry wood, supplied by the class. Did I mention this class is only $25 dollars and you get all of the materials you need for one (possibly two) spoons? Well, now you know, and now I bet you are flabbergasted at how affordable spoon making is.
After we had the shape we liked, it was time to chisel out the bowl of the spoon. It takes a few passes to get the right mojo going, but this was actually a very fun part of the process. These are fairly shallow spoons, aka so hip and so rustic like, so there wasn’t a huge spoon bowl that needed to be chiseled out. Oh man, hip rustic witch spoon, here I come!
Next is the most arduous part of the whole process. Now, you have to sand down your spoon bowl to a super smooth surface, getting rid of all of those nasty chisel marks you just made. And by most arduous, I mean it took a long time, but it wasn’t stress inducing by any means (this is spoon making guys). Now that your bowl is smooth, it’s time to cut this baby out!
Like my previous posts with Shauna, I didn’t necessary “ask” Shauna if I could take this photo of her nor did I ask if I could put it in the blog, but she is a bad-ass boss so I bet she is cool with a photo of her slaying this band saw like no bodies business. Working around the outer lines previously traced, we cut out the rough shape of the spoon. It doesn’t have to be perfect, mind you, as we will be sanding out all of the less perfect areas shortly.
This is what your spoon form looks like after cutting it out on the band saw. Hi there, almost a spoon!
Now, it’s time to sand this bad boy into the spoon it is desperately trying to be. Here is a photo of Devon showing us how to rock the orbital sander. The orbital sander creates a really smooth finish to your wood working project because the sanding arm moves up and down while rotating so you never get any gross sanding lines. Just remember to keep a good grip on your piece of wood, unless you want to sand off your little fingie tips. Definitely not speaking from experience nope that is definitely not me.
Once you have roughly sanded out your spoon baby, it is time to hand sand using progressively finer grit sand paper. I believe we started off with 100, and then 220, and then ended with 320 grit. However, do you think you are finished sanding? NOPE! Next up you have to wet sand it, which is probably the craziest magic in spoon making. Although you may think your spoon is the smoothest it can be, once you wet it with water, all of the grains swell and you are left with a rough surface again. WAT?! So, with the 320 grit and a fully wet spoon, we did another round of sanding, wet sanding that is, and then dried our spoon with a heat gun to speed up the process.
After that, you apply your oil of choice to seal it. A mineral oil and beeswax concoction is Devon’s choice, what she calls ‘Spoon Butter’ due to it’s purpose and consistency, so we slathered that around our spoon and our babies were done! Mineral oil and beeswax are both food safe, although heads up mineral oil is a laxative. However, you won’t be using enough oil to make this a poo poo spoon, I promise. And there you have it! Two hours later and one piece of wood and you have a new handmade utensil fit for any #truewitch.
How exciting is this! I wish I could spend all of my days quilting, sewing clothes, and making spoons. WHAT A PERFECT LIFE THAT COULD BE?!
Once I get my house back in order #postrenolife I will have some more sewing related content for you, but in the meantime just EMBRACE my inner Ron Swanson life dreams, ok? Kthnx.