I made a wooden spoon for my wife from some scrap cherry and everybody
wants one. That's fine, and they ship better than nightstands so it's
great for the relatives a thousand miles away. The cherry spoons look
great so I started experimenting.
Got some beautiful BE maple from craigslist. My wife got one of the
first birdseye maple spoons and that's my question.
I finish them all with walnut oil because it dries hard and I'd prefer
not to use mineral oil. With the cherry, that's fine. They keep that
nice rich finish no matter how much they get used.
But the maple, no. Just use it once and it gets that washed out
whiteish look, as though it was never finished. I've re-oiled it
twice. The first time, I warmed the spoon and the oil to about 150
degrees in the oven.
But one use still makes the birdseye look washed out. It's a great
display spoon and it works fine as a tool if you don't mind that it's
not nearly as pretty any more. :-)
Is this something that happens to birdsey maple spoons or have I just
gotten an odd sample of it? I'm going to experiment with mineral oil
just to see what happens, but several family members have said they
would prefer unfinished over mineral oil. So far everyone likes the
walnut oil finish. I'm thinking of mixing beeswax in with the walnut.
No problem finding other things to do with the wood. I'm just
surprised there's so much difference in behavior between the cherry
and the maple. To me, it seems more difference than I'd expect just
because the cherry's darker.