I no longer do run-of-the-mill turnery or inscriptions, but will rise to the challenge if the commission is unusual. Most of my inscribed work is on turned wood but I can inscribe ‘flat’ wood such the lectern above. The inscriptions are permanent and will not wash off. I do names, dates, places, quotations, heraldic and other armorial devices, logos, and horoscopes. I usually work with scripts using the Roman alphabet, but I have done work using Greek, Russian, Persian and Sanskrit. Such inscribed items are unique and obtainable only from me.
I used two basic types of FINISH. OIL FINISHED pieces, such as the bowl at right, can be used for serving hot or cold food and are hand washable. They should not be left to soak, nor exposed to prolonged strong sunlight, nor washed in a dish washer. They are easy to maintain. All they require to keep them looking good is the occasional very light application of any edible oil - not the stuff you put on your bike! I use sunflower. Apply oil sparingly and leave it, say, overnight then wipe off the excess - of which there should be none! I treat mine about once a year if I remember. If oil finished bowls are not going to be regularly washed they will gradually take a good wax polish.
LACQUERED items, such as the Kingfisher dish, while damp resistant, should not be washed. They can be wiped with a damp cloth if necessary. The advantage over an oil finish is that lacquered items need even less maintenance, requiring only dusting or polishing depending on their use. Lacquered items look shinier than oiled but have a half matt or satin finish. Their shine can be increased by wax polishing.
Wooden PLATTERS, BOWLS, GOBLETS, DISHES and other ‘foody’ items are all practical, non toxic, non tainting, usable utensils - including those with inscriptions. They may (and should!) be HAND WASHED. But don't put them in the oven to warm up as one dolt did! Tests comparing the hygenic properties of wooden kitchen utensils with plastic things show wood winning hands down. There is apparently an enzyme in wood that engages bacteria in mortal combat whereas plastic harbours filth. Good eh?
All my turnery was made from solid timber NOT from little bits of tropical hardwood stuck back together with toxic substances like the cheap, nasty imports that abound. I used no foreign, French or tropical hardwoods, only home-grown, British timber, much of it rescued from firewood merchants. Orang-utangs had nothing to fear from me!
© 2018 Duncan Linklater