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December 6, 2012

Traditional Molinillo / Chocolate Pot Stirring Stick

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.

Stephen

5 Comments »

  1. I’ve seen the mexican ones with the moving bits, but not really these. It’s interesting the tools used in the creation of all that chocolate goodness; I just use a good whisk, a pot, and lots of cocoa and cream. Is he going to invite you over for a pot of chocolate when you’re done (purely in the the name of testing the finished item)?

    Comment by anastasia — December 11, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  2. I’m interested in your experience with hemp seed oil as compared to linseed oil. I use linseed (food grade flaxseed) oil to finish my carved bowls. I discuss the benefits of using linseed as opposed to mineral oil on my website in the use and care section.

    I discoved your website today after starting to read your book “Shellac, Linseed Oil, & Paint.” I must tell you that even though I have only read the chapter on linseed oil in full, it is most eye-opening and empowering book on finishing that I have ever come across. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowlede. I look forward to reading more and exploring the website.

    Comment by David Fisher — December 25, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  3. anastasia,
    I am going to trade for one of his chocolate pots, so I can do some testing on my own.

    David,
    Thank you for your kind words about my latest book. As for hemp seed oil v linseed oil, it is not as heavy duty, takes longer to build up but is an excellent oil for finishing. Some of the hemp seed oil has a bit of a green tinge to it and can have some particles that settle out. I decant off the clear oil and use what is left to make putty [with calcium carbonate {whiting}].

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 26, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  4. Dear Stephen,

    I am in search of a narrow molinillo. The opening in our demonstration chocolate pot is 1 3/4″ in diameter. Would you be willing to make one for Valley Forge National Historical Park and how much would it be. Thanks, Dona

    Comment by Dona McDermott — April 25, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  5. Dona,
    I sent you an email.
    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 25, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

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