Today I had to mill, dress and sand BirdsEye Maple for another run of Acorn Hangers, I am almost sold out[again]….Tomorrow I will turn the acorns for them on the big white oneway lathe…… The Acorn is dear to my … Continue reading →
Tho June was slower this year..[thank you cold weather & rain], wonderful folks are finding my studio, and the live edge cutting blocks are a hit. This is the first year I have had these and had to start some … Continue reading →
Summer is just creeping up on us…We have barely had spring it seems and now the summer visitors will be here, good things will be coming from the red PEI soil..good things for summer salads….from greens to herbs.
So the wonderful mortar & pestles are on the shelf..birds eye maple with a heavy base, generous bowl….great for making dressing to put on summer salads
Turned chopping blocks that make a great stand for summer cakes……rustic natural edge boards, stunning for outdoor entertaining…LOTS of goodies for the foodies.
Oh and there are great muddlers mixed in…Mojitos..Old Fashioneds and well I just muddle an assortment of fruits as they are in season, for cool summer drinks on hot summer days.
How to Care For Your Cutting Board (It Has Feelings Too): bonappetit.com
A good article to read, just click on the above link …I make & sell many kitchenwares, they do love you to give them some attention. They should last for years & years.
I like to use sunflower oil on the wood…it is one of the 3 oils that will dry. 100% tung oil is lovely but it has a very unpleasant odor, walnut oil is anther one that will dry, but is expensive & hard to find, sunflower is readily available on grocery store shelves, will dry after a day or so..LOVE it.
After the first coats of sunflower, I use a mixture of the sunflower oil & melted beeswax ..called ‘spoon butter’ ……great for your wooden utensils of all sorts. Smells heavenly.
The wood is quite stunning, wonderful for summer entertaining
Things are busy in Hermitage these days, the sun has finally decided to share her warmth…….I have been working on things for my studio in between a couple of large projects and filling orders for shops. Since the theme with the large projects has been rustic, natural..it has spread into my other work.
Thick heavy blocks with walnut feet..beautiful for the counter.
So many things you can make for the kitchen, I love nice wood when I am feeding loved ones…seems to add some warmth to food ….even when not in use gives your kitchen a look that says “welcome, we live here.”
Soooo, still on the ‘organic’ forms today…… I have been saving interesting blocks of wood this winter while filling up the wood furnace and tried a few on the lathe….end grain is surely difficult to turn, it woke me up a few times………….
I so love the texture formed by mother nature herself on the outside surface after removing the bark..
Isn’t this so cool…I thought it would be burled, it is all spalted and red flecked. Could have turned a few with this but chose to do two and leave the outside as it was………
These would be so lovely on a table in the entry way …..for keys, coins…………..
Now that the snow has finally begun to melt the huge snowbanks around here I can dig out my found wood. Wonderful chunks of old elm, cut down last fall in Charlottetown. So many of the old trees have been cut down or have fallen in high winds, many go to landfill but sometimes you are in the right place at the right time and get yourself a treasure. I am thinking big bowls and maybe some Eames style stools for this elm, my second cache of it, the first being wood from Hurricane Juan.
I have just one piece of lovely ‘found’ black walnut left after recently finishing this bowl for a ‘big’ salad. The tree was cut down and most of this beautiful wood burned, I was lucky to have a friend who thought I might like it and brought me out what was left…ooooh it is wonderful, the air dried wood with hues of almost blue and purple running through the deep browns. I feel the wood holds many secrets, it has watched the goings on of folks under the shade of its limbs for well over one hundred years.
This is my favorite shape for a large bowl, I love the closed form, seems to give the impression of holding in the contents……… Empty, pleasing for the eye…… Full, a super thing to set a nice table for a gathering of special friends and great food.
Today my oyster boards made their way into the finishing room…I like these boards, lots of steps to making them but they serve a purpose and are cool to look at. These will save the palm of the oyster lover from getting stabbed…..I used more of my Murray Harbour birds eye and a few pieces of Black Ash…the wood had been in storage since 1971, it was marked on the blanks…I am so happy I bought this wood from the family of the late gentleman turner, it brings me a smile each time I decide to use a piece.
These are so suitable for us here on PEI…home of the best ever oysters, World Famous. They say the ones from Malpeque Bay are top of the list but I think all that grow in our waters here would be fabulous. So among the things I love to make to set a great table, are Oyster boards