I’m making my own needles, and I’d like the opinion of fellow knitters. Here is the difference on a sample piece of cherry wood between a baking soda+ two coats of beeswax (beeswax and jojoba oil) finish and raw wood+ two coats of beeswax finish. Will the beeswax affect the yarn while knitting? Should I shellac them? Which side is visually more appealing? Thoughts are appreciated!
You are the expert here. I’d vote for whatever gives you a smooth finish and nicely tapered tip.
The color is lovely.
In the province I live in a sheep farmer sells his hand made needles, sanded and oiled I think,
I have made some, dowel pencil sharpener and paraffin wax
I love the colour and rustic style, but really wouldn’t be able to give advice on the finish unless I’d actually physically tested the needles. I think any durable finish/treatment that left them smooth, and prevented splinters forming if necessary, would be a good starting point.