What to do if your spoon has a case of the Fuzzies?

October 21, 2015 tim mcguire

Oh no, the Fuzzies?!?

You have a beautiful, favorite wooden utensil that fits perfectly in your hand and you would never part with. You go to wash it for the first time and you feel the coarse, yet fuzzy feeling that no one ever wishes to feel! Your spoon has a case of acute grainy-ness (A.K.A - the Fuzzies...enter foreboding music).


So why did this happen?

This unfortunate ailment can happen to nearly any spoon, or wooden utensil. No matter how fine of a sanding it is given it before its' first oiling. During the first wash it it can still be coarse. So, why is that? Well, it all has to do with the tiny pores of the wood. When the spoon maker dry sands it they may think that they have it as smooth as a babies bottom, but fact is as soon as that wood contacts water the grain raises leaving what was a barely noticeable grain unevenness to become a drastic contrast.

Can this terrible calamity be cured?!

In short...yes!

What your spoon maker may not have done was gotten the spoon a little wet and given it a "wet sanding". Fortunately, this can be done with a little water and fine (220 grit) sandpaper. After getting the spoon a little wet, slightly sand the spoon smooth. Sand with the grain (this can be a little tricky on our curvy spoons, so keep your eye open for the grain changing). After spoon is completely dry, sand again very lightly for good measure. Finish it up with a good oiling, we recommend our Wild Cherry Spoon & Utensil Conditioning Oil, but in a pinch you can substitute for any kind of cooking oil.

And that's all there is to it.

Congratulations Doctor, you have cured your first case of the fuzzies!