Thank you for purchasing a Martin Damen hand-carved spoon, bowl or other wooden item. Your hand-carved item is unique because the wood that it is made from has its own colour and grain patterns, in combination with shape of the item and the individual tool marks that it bears.
Your item is intended for daily use and is suitable for use with hot or cold foods. With a little care your hand-carved wooden item will last for many years.
Your hand carved wooden object has been dried slowly until it reached a stable weight. However, it may continue to lose or gain weight as the humidity changes in its new home. Extreme changes should be avoided. Consequently, to avoid damage please do not place your wooden item in direct sunlight for prolonged periods and keep away from heat sources such as fires and radiators.
Care of Hand-Carved Wooden Items
When finished spoons and bowls are sealed either with food-grade linseed (flaxseed) oil or a mixture of beeswax and linseed. Consequently, when new an item may impart a slight linseed oil flavour to food. This is normal and safe and while this will diminish with time, it is recommended that you wash your wooden item before first use.
After use your hand-carved item should be hand-washed in warm soapy water.
After washing allow to drain and air dry.
Ideally, store in an open utensil jar or other airy place as appropriate.
With repeated use over time your hand-carved object may appear dry and can be lightly re-oiled using a food grade oil such as linseed (flaxseed) or walnut oil. After wiping off any excess oil, allow the oil to dry before using the item again.
Finally, a few things not to do:
Do not use wooden items in a microwave.
Do not put your wooden items in a dishwasher.
Do not leave your hand-carved wooden items in water to soak.
Do not use pan scourers on milk painted wooden items.