SPOON CLASS FOLLOW-UP
1) Dry your spoon by wrapping it in a handkerchief or thin fabric for about a week until its dry (no longer cool to the touch is a good gauge)
2) Sand your spoon smooth starting with 80 grit, raise the grain by wetting the spoon with a wet wash cloth or sponge, allow to dry, then sand with 120, & then 220. The 80 grit will do most of the sculpting while 150 grit removes the scratch marks of the 80 grit. The 220 is the final smoother to give it a glass like finish.
3) Slather your spoon with the walnut oil with a paper towel and let spoon dry for about 2 weeks. Add more oil if it looks thirsty still.
4) Enjoy! Keep your spoon out of soaking water. You can wash it no problem, but if it sits in water it will remember its a tree and start to drink the water back up through the cells.
If you want to check out fancy knives:
http://pinewoodforge.com This is the guy makes the best knives and lives in Bemidji MN
If you want to buy other knifes:
www.ragweedforge.com is who I buy my class knives from (sloyd knife Mora #120 & a hook knife Frost #164). You can also buy them from me for $25 for the straight knife and $30 for the hook.
Hida Tool has a great intro axe, nice folding saws, and gouges.
If you want to get fancy I recommend the
Through Grainger Ansell Cut Resistant Gloves, Cut Level 2, Nitrile Coating, Kevlar Lining
To make a strop you can glue a piece of leather to a board with adhesive spray and then rub it down with honing compound found here.