I got a little bit sidetracked, the weather turned nice and I could continue with both the garden and constructing my wife’s atelier (more about that in an upcoming post).
I’ve let the wood dry out slowly, just by leaving it standing around. When dry, I used my carving knife and with little cuts I smoothed the surface. On the inside I did the same with a spoon knife.
Then I put linseed oil to seal the surface, I’ll have to let the linseed oil dry over a couple of weeks before I can use it. Linseed oil polymerises and makes the surface stronger, impermeable and more beautiful. Linseed oil is food safe but has a particular odour that will take a while before it is gone. The first couple of coffees are going to be really ugly…