Making Wood Conditioner

Making Wood Conditioner to care for all your wood kitchen items

For those of us that love using wood in the kitchen, wood cutting boards, spoons, spatulas, rolling pins and all those other utensils taking care of them can be challenging. The best solution is to use mineral oil and beeswax mixture for reviving, conditioning and protecting your wood items. It will keep wood items from drying out and make them look great again. My Wood Conditioner is very popular for use on wooden spoons, sometimes called wooden spoon wax.

With a purchase of wood kitchen wares from my shop I include a 2 ounce tin of Wood Conditioner. It has been a huge hit and many write to me requesting more.

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I began making my wood conditioner years ago, sometimes called wood butter or spoon butter, or Bees oil for all my cutting boards that I make in the shop. I would make a good amount in a large jar and use it as I needed it. When someone purchased one of my cutting boards, they would always ask me how should I care for my cutting board. This year I began making up tins of my beeswax finish to sell and give away when someone buys a board.

wood conditioner, spoon butter, board butter or wood butter in tins, made from mineral oil and beeswax, spoon butter, handcraft board butter, handcraft cutting board

It is wonderful for all your wood when they start looking dry. My Wood Conditioner penetrates wooden bowls, wooden utensils, cutting boards, rolling bins and more. Prevents drying and cracking, removes knife marks adding a soft lustrous finish.

I purchase the beeswax from a local source and the food grade mineral oil from the local pharmacy.

making board butter cutting board wood conditioner

Mineral oil and beeswax heating in mason jar

wood conditioner in tins cooling, board butter, spoon butter, handcrafted cutting boards

 

After melting the wax and adding the oil I add the Wood Conditioner to the tins. You can see the first tins I did are starting to get firm. When it is firm and cooled I put the lids on then add a label to the top and a label with directions to the bottom.

end grain cutting board with wood conditioner ready to ship

I include a tin of my Wood Conditioner with each cutting board that I ship. The Wood Conditioner is a nice gift or surprise to someone’s package. Then I know their wood will look great for many years.

My wood conditioner will keep your boards looking great.

To order, go to my Cutting Board Conditioner page.

Click picture to view more about my Cutting Boards!!

cheese-board

Beautiful Cheese Boards

walnut double handle cutting board, handcrafted cutting board

Double Handle Cutting Board

round cutting board with paddle handle

round cutting board

Board Butter will protect all your boards, spoons, all wood items and help seal your cast iron skillets if applied when skillet is cold.

Directions for using Wood Conditioner:
All you need to do is apply sparingly in a circular motion using a dry soft cloth or paper towel. A little goes a long way. Let sit for an hour or so and buff using a clean soft cloth. The mineral oil soaks into the wood to condition it while the beeswax seals the oil into the wood and helps to keep the moisture out.

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Wild Mountain Blueberries

We are very lucky that we have wild mountain blueberries growing all over the mountain. It’s nice to hike around, hiking and eating the blueberries. This year we have an abundance of wild mountain blueberries. I think this year’s rain has help produce more blueberries on all the bushes. For the year we are over our average rain fall by 9 inches, like 11 1/2 inches. Seems like we have had rain everyday! On July 4th we had over 3 inches of rain.

mountain blueberry bushes with ripe blueberries

As you can see in the picture, the ripe blueberries are deep mauve with a grey bloom looking almost blue. They don’t all ripen at the same time, so you’ll need to hand pick and watch the bushes every couple of days for more ripe berries. Assuming the berries make it back to the kitchen, don’t wash them until you are ready to east them! The blueberries can also be frozen in freezer bags for using later. Blueberries are great in your favorite cereal, cakes, ice cream and morning blueberry muffins.

Blueberries are extremely good for you. More and more these days the media is full of stories about blueberries because the fruit contains high concentrations of antioxidants.

I make blueberry muffins all the time. Everyone loves to get a large blueberry muffin in the morning. Get my favorite blueberry muffin recipe.

mountain blueberry bushes loaded with berries

I hope you will try my blueberry muffin recipe and let me know what you think!!

Michael

Mountain Wildlife

Since we live on a mountain surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness, I decided to set up a trail cam so that I could get pictures of all the wildlife around us. So far we have pictures of wild turkey, deer, red and gray fox, coyotes, possum, ground hogs and raccoons. There is more wild turkey this year than past years.

wild turkey picture taken with trail cam
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Years past you would hardly see any turkey, that’s when we had a lot of coyotes. There are not so many coyotes now, not sure if someone killed them or they just moved on. Anyway, I am glad they are gone for now.
We have a black bear that shows up occasionally to raid the bird feeders but I have not been able to get him on camera yet. I had saw him a couple of times, yep, it was male and he was huge. Love all the wildlife!

I have a Reconyx Hyperfire trail camera, it takes great pictures. This trail camera gets everything that walks in front of it.

Bluebirds and Bird Houses

beautiful bluebird perched on deck

Don’t you just love bluebirds!! I love to see all the bluebirds darting across the yard stopping only to pick up bugs along the way. We have several bluebird houses in our garden. This year we had three different nest and all had babies. Looks like one of our birdhouses is going to have two different sets of babies.

The eggs are so blue!

bluebird eggs in nesting box
Bluebird Eggs picture taken May 2013

If you are interested in having a bluebird house in your garden, check out my store page. I handmake two different sizes of the same birdhouse. I use rough sawn cedar, nails, exterior glue and aluminum for the roof cut to fit. The opening for the bluebirds to enter is 1 1/2″. There is a secret door that allows you to clean out the old nest at the end of the season.

Bluebird house mounted on post

rustic bluebird houses on front porch that are painted blue with tin roof

two rustic bluebird houses painted country blue with tin roof

Email me at MichaelsWoodCraft@yahoo.com if you have any questions or visit my Bluebird Houses page.

Did you have bluebirds nest in your birdhouse this year? Please comment, attach pictures. I sure would like to know about your bluebird experiences.

Michael