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Suggestions on a classroom finish sought

Mike Schwing
Hi all. Hope you had a great holiday! I teach bowl turning at a makerspace in Baltimore (www.foundery.com). The intro class uses green blanks of around 10"x2". Students are offered a choice to either turn (usually sand) the tenon away and "finish" their bowl during that class, OR taking it home and when dry bringing it back for a "bowl finishing class", where we re-true them, turn them to final thickness, sand, finish off the bottom and laser engrave something for them. Happily, about 75% of students select the bowl finishing class option.

I don't really have a good solution for a finish to apply in that class and am up for suggestions. Presently we wipe on a coat of Mahoney's walnut oil, let it sit and buff. Actually makes a pretty nice finish, and I send a link to their email for sources of more, and the other items we use in class.

MY thoughts - I could use a wax, but the surfaces of most first bowls are far from perfect and in my experience wax finishes really bring out surface defects, toolmarks, and bruises. I don't see a friction polish as a great solution for a bowl, and they're disappointed when I suggest no finish at all. Standard salad bowl finishes are tacky and need to be left alone, but the walnut oil is very forgiving of handling from shop to home.

I seek comments, thoughts, and suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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Suggestions on a classroom finish sought
for food or just handling protection?
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The green blanks are dry enough to finish? *NM*
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Plenty of confusion to me
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I wouldn'd consider a spray finish.....
Mineral Oil and Beeswax
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Beeswax finish
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Just Beeswax
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Finishing additives
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There are alternatives...
Qualalacq
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Where do you buy this Qualalacq Mike? *NM*
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