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A quick and easy gift for a creative cooking household - I made it at TechShop San Jose

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I have been a member of  the San Jose TechShop since they opened their doors, it is a wonderful place to create and/or destroy (with the intent of recreating something better, more about that in another 'ibble). It is also an awesome resource for quick and easy gift making.

I have friends that live at a creative household name The Farmhouse, if you can't figure it out from the name of their house, they grow a lot of their own food and do an awful lot of cooking there. I decided to make them some customized cooking utensils.
 
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Step 1: Finding the right type of utensils to etch

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I was wandering through a neighborhood Grocery Outlet and I came across this set of bamboo utensils for only $3.99, such a wonderful price for a laser etch-able gift, and with the added benefit of being from a renewable resource.

Step 2: Work-holding; the eternal struggle

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I used a 60 Watt Epilog Laser to do these, if you are not familiar with this machine, here are a multitude of Instructibles to whet your pallate on. The raster settings I used were 90% power and 60% speed (speed is low due to the maximum width of my etch area)

In order to ensure that the etch was in approximately the same place on each utensil, I made this template with a piece of cardboard labeled BO, some blue painter's tape, and some hastily drawn lines.
I neglected to set the focal point of the laser for each individual utensil as I had reserved the laser for only half an hour, this made for some variations in the colors of the final etches, but made the final product more interesting (at least this is what I keep telling myself to help me sleep at night).
I typed up the text, and found the chicken (see first photo) online on Copyright free site, I have not included the files because this was a specific personalized gift.