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Burl Source
07-11-2012, 11:00 PM
These are some of the chop sticks I have made and are available for sale.
I used nice wood and did my best shaping and finishing them. I think you will like them.
These first 2 batches are finished using food grade butcher block oil and conditioner.
They are about 9 inches long and shaped as a rounded taper.

If you want to get any of these, just make a post here with which ones you want. That way when I am away from the computer, everyone else can tell which pairs are still available. After you post which ones you want, please send me a PM with your email address so I can send you a paypal invoice for payment.

Cost is $25 a pair.
US Priority Mail Shipping is $5, Free Shipping if you get 2 or more pairs.
International Priority Mail Shipping is $15, Free Shipping if you get 3 or more pairs.

The 1st photo shows 2 sets in African Bubinga, very hard wood, 2 sets in Hawaiian Silky Oak, hard wood and 2 sets in Hawaiian Macadamia, hard wood.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/cs001.jpg

2nd photo shows sets in African Bubinga.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/cs003.jpg

Crothcipt
07-11-2012, 11:03 PM
Very nice looking. Hope one is around when I get paid.

Pensacola Tiger
07-11-2012, 11:07 PM
I'll take both sets of the bubinga.

Thanks.

Burl Source
07-11-2012, 11:09 PM
I'll take both sets of the bubinga. Thanks.

Top 2 sets of Bubinga #1 & #2 go to Pensacola Tiger. Thank You.


Very nice looking. Hope one is around when I get paid.
I am going to keep making chopsticks for a couple weeks. By then I will know if this is something I want to continue doing. Right now I am kind of slow making them, but it is relaxing for me and I am enjoying myself.

Crothcipt
07-11-2012, 11:11 PM
Oops I just read your whole post. I'll take a silky oak plz.

Burl Source
07-11-2012, 11:13 PM
Oops I just read your whole post. I'll take a silky oak plz.
Silky Oak #1 goes to Crothcipt. Thank You.

chinacats
07-12-2012, 12:20 AM
I'll take the 2nds macadamia if still available.


Thanks

ThEoRy
07-12-2012, 12:39 AM
2 pairs, 1 silky oak and 1 bubinga for me please. Thank you.

Vertigo
07-12-2012, 12:59 AM
Keep 'em coming Mark, I love these and can't wait to see some other varieties!

chinacats
07-12-2012, 01:27 AM
Ok, since nobody seems to want the other macadamia, I will take it...that and I just realized the deal with shipping.:O

Johnny.B.Good
07-12-2012, 01:35 AM
I think they're sweet looking and am glad you're making them, but until I can force myself to practice with the free ones, I have no business owning some like these!

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 01:54 PM
2 pairs, 1 silky oak and 1 bubinga for me please. Thank you.
Silky Oak #2 and Bubinga #3 go to ThEoRy. Thank You

Lucretia
07-12-2012, 03:34 PM
They are also great for putting your hair up and out of the way when you're sharpening your knives!

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 07:43 PM
These are the pairs of sticks that are still available.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-23.jpg

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 08:33 PM
Macadamia #2 and Bubinga #7 are going to Wenus2. Thank You.

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 08:42 PM
This next batch are made from some real good, curly figured Hawaiian Koa.
These look a bit different (glossier) from the others because I tries a different finish. With these I did a few coats of lacquer sanding between coats. Afterwards they have been wiped with a light coat of butcher block oil.

The cost for the Koa sets are $35 a pair.
US Priority Mail Shipping is $5, Free Shipping if you get 2 or more pairs.
International Priority Mail Shipping is $15, Free Shipping if you get 3 or more pairs.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/003-10.jpg

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 08:44 PM
Koa sets #9 & #10 go to Wild Boar. Thank You.

SpikeC
07-12-2012, 08:50 PM
You're a wild man, Mark!

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 09:15 PM
Koa #s 1 & 2 go to markk. Thank You.

Koa Chopsticks numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 are still available.

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 09:36 PM
Koa sticks #4 go to The Edge. Thank You.
Koa sticks #6 go to Vertigo. Thank You.

Koa Chopsticks numbers 3, 5, 7, 8 are still available.

wenus2
07-12-2012, 09:38 PM
Mark, Add Koa 4 to my bag plz.

wenus2
07-12-2012, 09:40 PM
Lol, as I type. Nm.
Looks like its coming to Reno anyway, lol.

Crothcipt
07-12-2012, 09:41 PM
Ugh add koa 5 to my bag too please.

The Edge
07-12-2012, 09:49 PM
Lol, as I type. Nm.
Looks like its coming to Reno anyway, lol.

I knew I had to act fast :D.

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 09:51 PM
Ugh add koa 5 to my bag too please.
Koa #5 goes to Crothcipt. Thank You

Koa Chopsticks numbers 3, 7, 8 are still available.

Burl Source
07-12-2012, 10:03 PM
These are the sticks that are still looking for a good home.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/004-4.jpg

ecchef
07-12-2012, 11:45 PM
Mark, these are outstanding. But for me, they need to be more tapered with a finer point. Something along these lines:
8532

apicius9
07-12-2012, 11:59 PM
That's what I meant when asked about square or round - these are squarish at the end and have a finer tip, with my clumsy western hands I find those the easiest to use :)

Stefan

markenki
07-13-2012, 01:01 AM
+1.
Maybe buy a pair of genyoowine Japanese chopsticks and use them as a model?

add
07-13-2012, 01:10 AM
+ 2

:)

ecchef
07-13-2012, 02:57 AM
Tip should be fine enough to pick up a single grain of rice. In an ideal world.

Burl Source
07-13-2012, 02:25 PM
ecchef,
Thank You for the photo.
I was able to print it out life sized.
I will use this as a reference when I make my next batch. These look very similar to the ones I saw on a website made by Takeda.
I like the clean crisp lines on the ones in the photo you posted.

When I had gone to the different chopstick supplier web sites I found a large variety of chopstick shapes.
The ones I had made so far were modeled after a pair at home that my wife preferred.

Customfan
07-13-2012, 02:49 PM
Those are soo cool!

mhlee
07-13-2012, 02:52 PM
There are so many varieties of chopsticks, from super fine point ones in the picture that ecchef posted, to the ones that Mark made, to square ones, to short ones, etc. In my experience, the squarer ones are generally considered "cheaper" to the finer point ones that I usually see at higher end restaurants. Ones like these, are great for home use. Also, there's a huge difference between Chinese and Japanese chopsticks. Chinese ones tend to be long, squared at the back and rounded toward the tip.

In most Japanese homes, they're somewhat like the one in ecchef's picture, but not as pointed at the tip.

Mark: I'm not familiar with Bubinga. Are all of your chopsticks made with stabilized woods? If they're stabilized, the woods shouldn't cause allergic reactions, right?

echerub
07-13-2012, 03:01 PM
The current design seems... hybrid in some way. I like the woods, but I do prefer either a more traditional Japanese style or traditional Chinese style.

Hmm. This has me hankerin' to get more chopsticks, but I haven't even used the last set that I bought last year! :)

The Edge
07-13-2012, 03:14 PM
Hey Mark, got the first pair of chopsticks in the mail yesterday. Of course, had to have some Chinese food to break them in. Have to say they did a great job. They were able to pick up small grains of rice, and I'm sure as I get more practice in with them, they will become an extension of my hand. Oh yeah, and these look amazing in person.

Justin0505
07-13-2012, 03:17 PM
I'd also be in for a pair of pointy 'sticks. It's super cool that you're making these; I'm looking forward to the next batch!

pitonboy
07-13-2012, 03:25 PM
I don't suppose you would do these by order? A whole set of 6 or 8 would be great for my rice-eatin' family.

Burl Source
07-13-2012, 03:42 PM
Mark: I'm not familiar with Bubinga. Are all of your chopsticks made with stabilized woods? If they're stabilized, the woods shouldn't cause allergic reactions, right?

I am making the sticks with natural, not stabilized woods. I could not find enough info about stabilized wood being food safe so I decided not to take any chances.
The way I have selected woods so far was to avoid any that act as an irritant. Plus selecting ones that are strong enough that I would not have to worry about tips snapping off.

Pitonboy,
I could make some sets, sort of as an order.
If I was told the preferred type of wood and any specifics I would make some as requested in the next batch.
It would not be a firm commitment on my part, more like I would give you first right of refusal when they are completed.
That way for me making the sticks is still fun, not me fulfilling a debt I owe. (I don't know if that makes sense)

I have also contacted someone that I consider an authority seeking more info and an example of popular/traditional style Japanese chopsticks.
I think the photo ecchef posted is my first step in the right direction.

The sticks I have made so far were based on a set my wife uses the most. She enjoys using chopsticks to eat just about anything that can be eaten with sticks.

echerub
07-13-2012, 03:56 PM
just about anything that can be eaten with sticks.

So that potentially means anything other than steak and BBQ ribs :)

It'd be strange to eat lasagna or chicken pot pie with chopsticks, but it's do-able... ;)

Just teasin'! Looking forward to seeing the second generation of Burl Source chopsticks!

Burl Source
07-13-2012, 04:39 PM
I have sent out paypal invoices to most of you that requested chopsticks.
If I missed anyone, please send me a PM with your email address so I can send you a paypal invoice.
This is what I use to do my shipping. When I receive the payment through paypal all I have to do is click on the shipping link to print postage and the mailing label.

mhlee
07-13-2012, 09:18 PM
I am making the sticks with natural, not stabilized woods. I could not find enough info about stabilized wood being food safe so I decided not to take any chances.
The way I have selected woods so far was to avoid any that act as an irritant. Plus selecting ones that are strong enough that I would not have to worry about tips snapping off.


This is why you're a great vendor. You've already looked into these kind of issues.

ecchef
07-13-2012, 10:10 PM
There are so many varieties of chopsticks, from super fine point ones in the picture that ecchef posted, to the ones that Mark made, to square ones, to short ones, etc. In my experience, the squarer ones are generally considered "cheaper" to the finer point ones that I usually see at higher end restaurants. Ones like these, are great for home use. Also, there's a huge difference between Chinese and Japanese chopsticks. Chinese ones tend to be long, squared at the back and rounded toward the tip.

In most Japanese homes, they're somewhat like the one in ecchef's picture, but not as pointed at the tip.

Mark: I'm not familiar with Bubinga. Are all of your chopsticks made with stabilized woods? If they're stabilized, the woods shouldn't cause allergic reactions, right?

As M stated, there is a big difference betwee the Chinese, Japanese & Korean styles, and that should be taken into account. I would guess that people with different cultural backgrounds are comfortable with what they grew up with. I've been using Japanese style every day for years, so it's what I'm accustomed to. Even to the point where I bring my own hashi when we go out to eat.
The picture I posted was to illustrate my suggestion, but the proportions in that photo are very exaggerated. Sometimes it's nice to have a wee bit of texture on the first 50mm or so to facilitate grabbing slippery/round objects, but it's not necessary. Can't wait to see the next round.

Burl Source
07-14-2012, 02:00 PM
I am going to mess around with more chopsticks today.
I think I will try to use the photo ecchef posted as a guide, plus some John B mentioned.
The wood I cut is some old stock ebony. Makes me sneeze when sanding, but it is a traditional used wood for Japanese chopsticks.
I figured this would be a good strong wood for thin tips.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-25.jpg

Burl Source
07-15-2012, 08:58 PM
Last set of macadamia sticks are spoken for. Thanks

Burl Source
07-16-2012, 02:20 PM
I'll take both sets of the bubinga.
Thanks.
These have been shipped. Thank You

2 pairs, 1 silky oak and 1 bubinga for me please. Thank you.
These have been shipped. Thank You

Koa sets #9 & #10 go to Wild Boar. Thank You.
These have been shipped. Thank You

Koa #s 1 & 2 go to markk.
These have been shipped. Thank You

Koa sticks #4 go to The Edge.
Koa sticks #6 go to Vertigo.
These have been shipped. Thank You