I got an order from the Tinsmith over at Hot Dip Tin for a couple of chocolate pot stirring sticks or molinillos for his chocolate pots. I looked at many designs mostly from Mexico but did see a few European style from which I took the pattern and created my own version.
While looking around for a piece of maple to make them from, I came across some maple balusters I have been packing around for several years and immediately saw that I could get a stick from each one.
Probably would have been easier to chuck it up and re-turn the top handle, but I chose to shape it with a drawknife, spokeshaves to get the rough shape. I sawed off the ends and used chisels to carve the round bottom part, both a V chisel and flat chisel to form the reeds. I used carving gouges to shape the fluted transition to the round handle. I also used my tombstone scrapers for the final shaping.
I raised the grain and lightly sanded the finished stir stick and applied a coat of Hemp Seed Oil for the finish. Yes hemp seed oil is a drying oil like linseed oil, walnut oil, and poppy seed oil.
Now to make the other one.