7.0 FAQ

FAQ

Here's a collection of the questions we get asked the most. If you don't see what you need here, e-mail us at faq@earlywooddesigns.com

FAQ

Here's a collection of the questions we get asked the most. If you don't see what you need here, e-mail us at faq@earlywooddesigns.com

which wood should I choose?

Choosing which of our woods to get your utensils in is like choosing between a Ferrari and a Porsche. All of our woods are so good that you can't go wrong! The softest wood we use is hard maple and it is already much harder than the woods that most people make spoons out of (like beech and cherry). So, pick the one that you like the look of best. If you want to get into growth regions, variations, Janka hardness scales etc then go poke around the woods page.

what do you stain your woods with?

Absolutely NOTHING! All the vibrant color you see is 100% natural. Because of this, they are that same color all the way through the piece. If you take our suggestion and clean them with hot soapy water and the scratchy side of your sponge (which continuously removes the tiniest little layer of wood) then they will keep their color for decades!

how long will it take to get my order?

We have a full-time shipper here and we ship 5 or 6 days a week. If our website lets you place an order for a product, that means it is in stock and it will ship either the day you ordered it or the next day. We don't pretend to be able to predict how long the USPS or UPS will take to get it to you though!

why do you use mineral oil in your wood oil?

We like mineral oil for a lot of reasons. Mineral oil:
-         is 100% food safe
-         soaks in to your product extremely well
-         never goes rancid like other, edible oils (olive, sesame, walnut)
-         is completely odorless
-         stores for decades without any degradation in look, safety or performance.
-         never dries (so you won’t end up with a sticky coating on your utensil after multiple treatments)
-         does not form a hard coating that will chip off into your food
-         enhances, not changes the natural color of wood
-         is 100% non-toxic and can be applied with bare hands (which conveniently moisturizes)

why are my utensils fuzzy?

It is common for new wooden utensils to have fuzz (actually raised grain) after their first or second exposure to water. This can easily be eliminated by a quick rub with the Scotch-Brite pad that came in your treatment packet (see above). You should only have to do this once, then your utensils will be fuzz free for life!

what is earlywood?

In climates where large changes in weather occur, large changes in tree growth rates also occur. When water and sunshine are abundant, trees grow lightly colored, porous, and thin walled cells called earlywood. When temps are cold and dry, trees put on a layer of darker, dense, thick walled cells called latewood. Both types serve a purpose for the tree. It's the latewood that gives wood the majority of its strength, and it is the porous earlywood that delivers water and nutrients to the tree. When you count the growth rings on the cross section of a tree, you're really counting how many times the earlywood/latewood cycle has taken place.

What is in the package?

We wrap each set or individual piece in tissue paper, then throw in a woodcare package and an info card and a handwritten note if you request it on the cart page. Then we wrap that whole bunch in kraft paper, seal it with an Earlywood sticker and slide it into a padded envelope or box. We never include a receipt so if you are sending directly to someone as a gift, you don't need to worry about that.

which wood should I choose?

Choosing which of our woods to get your utensils in is like choosing between a Ferrari and a Porsche. All of our woods are so good that you can't go wrong! The softest wood we use is hard maple and it is already much harder than the woods that most people make spoons out of (like beech and cherry). So, pick the one that you like the look of best. If you want to get into growth regions, variations, Janka hardness scales etc then go poke around the woods page.

what do you stain your woods with?

Absolutely NOTHING! All the vibrant color you see is 100% natural. Because of this, they are that same color all the way through the piece. If you take our suggestion and clean them with hot soapy water and the scratchy side of your sponge (which continuously removes the tiniest little layer of wood) then they will keep their color for decades!

how long will it take to get my order?

We have a full-time shipper here and we ship 5 or 6 days a week. If our website lets you place an order for a product, that means it is in stock and it will ship either the day you ordered it or the next day. We don't pretend to be able to predict how long the USPS or UPS will take to get it to you though!

why do you use mineral oil in your wood oil?

We like mineral oil for a lot of reasons. Mineral oil:
-         is 100% food safe
-         soaks in to your product extremely well
-         never goes rancid like other, edible oils (olive, sesame, walnut)
-         is completely odorless
-         stores for decades without any degradation in look, safety or performance.
-         never dries (so you won’t end up with a sticky coating on your utensil after multiple treatments)
-         does not form a hard coating that will chip off into your food
-         enhances, not changes the natural color of wood
-         is 100% non-toxic and can be applied with bare hands (which conveniently moisturizes)

why are my utensils fuzzy?

It is common for new wooden utensils to have fuzz (actually raised grain) after their first or second exposure to water. This can easily be eliminated by a quick rub with the Scotch-Brite pad that came in your treatment packet (see above). You should only have to do this once, then your utensils will be fuzz free for life!

what is earlywood?

In climates where large changes in weather occur, large changes in tree growth rates also occur. When water and sunshine are abundant, trees grow lightly colored, porous, and thin walled cells called earlywood. When temps are cold and dry, trees put on a layer of darker, dense, thick walled cells called latewood. Both types serve a purpose for the tree. It's the latewood that gives wood the majority of its strength, and it is the porous earlywood that delivers water and nutrients to the tree. When you count the growth rings on the cross section of a tree, you're really counting how many times the earlywood/latewood cycle has taken place.

what is in the package?

We wrap each set or individual piece in tissue paper, then throw in a woodcare package and an info card and a handwritten note if you request it on the cart page. Then we wrap that whole bunch in kraft paper, seal it with an Earlywood sticker and slide it into a padded envelope or box. We never include a receipt so if you are sending directly to someone as a gift, you don't need to worry about that.

If we didn't just answer your question, e-mail us at faq@earlywooddesigns.com