So far, humans have known about wood as a popular material and is loved by many for its simplicity and nature with different ways in decorating and practical usage. Crafting and shaping raw wood pieces to become smooth and lively is also a work that requires a very high level of meticulousness and artistic talent. Lewis Mumford once said: “Wood, then, was the most various, the most shapeable, the most serviceable of all the materials that man has employed in his technology.” Because of the sophistication in the production stages, the prices of wooden products are quite high compared to the general level, but the advantages that handmade woodwork bring to us and the surrounding environment are indisputable.
Reasons for choosing wooden utensils
- Non-conducting: One reason wooden utensils is preferred over metal is because they do not conduct heat. If we leave a wooden patch in the soup pot or hot pot for a long time, the handle will not get hot. Contrary to metal patching, just a moment will burn your hand. As for plastic, they will melt or be metamorphosed into the food on the pot/pan while cooking, causing danger to the user.
- Wood is an inert material: One plus point for wooden tools is that they do not react and release harmful substances during cooking (degeneration). Wooden utensils also do not react with acids in food and leave a strange odor like metal utensils.
- Design: Another advantage of handcrafted wooden utensils is that they look fabulously elegant and beautiful. The innovative and sophisticated design of wooden utensils brings art to the kitchen. And it is this beauty that makes them sometimes a great gift set together.
- High durability: Handcrafted wooden tools are very durable, and as long as they are properly cared for, an even longer life can be expected. They are difficult to break and are sturdy enough to stir even the most irritating food ingredients. They can withstand heat, won’t melt even when left unattended in a pan. A little sanding over time can help remove burn marks and stains immediately.
- Antibacterial material: Research indicates that wood appears to have natural germ-killing properties. It has been demonstrated that bacteria grow faster on plastic and metal surfaces than on wooden surfaces.
- Environmentally responsible choice: Wood is a natural and renewable resource, making it more environmentally responsible. We can help protect the environment by using tools made from renewable, biodegradable and non-polluting substances.
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Simple handcrafted wooden utensils preservation
- Vinegar for color preservation: Before you paint on handcrafted woodwork, you should use vinegar to wipe it off. It will help the color to be more shiny and beautiful.
- Tea or rice water for long-lasting paint: Use tea or rice water to wipe the furniture after applying paint so that the paint is always shiny and does not peel off easily.
- How to clean your wooden furniture: Dip a towel in fresh milk to clean the surface of the furniture to remove stains and also help polish the furniture. Use a solution of 4:1 vinegar mixed with water to clean furniture, they will be new just like when you bought them. When the furniture has lost its shine, use cool tea to clean the furniture for 2-3 times.
- Use a bristle brush to sweep dust: Use a soft bristle brush (for example, paint brush) to sweep dust from the crevices, eyes, nooks and crannies of furniture, sweep from top to bottom, from the inside out. clean then perform cleaning using the methods above.
- How to remove scratches on the paint surface of furniture: If the wood furniture has scratches on the outer polish, use a marker with the same color as the wood to apply it to the scratch, then use nail polish to paint on it.
- How to treat cracked furniture: If the furniture is accidentally cracked, use a soft cotton cloth or a ragged cloth to burn ashes, mix with river oil into a thick paste and stuff it into the crack. Let them dry and the crack will be very firm and tight. Or you can also tear up newspaper shredded mixed with alum and clean water boiled into a thick paste. Wait for the glue to dry, then put the glue in the cracks and dry. However, this method is only used for dry objects, with less contact with water.