Restoration of an Old Wooden Mixing Bowl. SKAFIDI or SKAFI

Introduction: Restoration of an Old Wooden Mixing Bowl. SKAFIDI or SKAFI

About: If you can't buy it, BUILT IT

Well i'm pretty sure most of you have never seen one nor you have any kind of clue what SKAFI it is.

It is a component which in earlier years they were using it for mixing flour+water and make traditional baking bread.

If any of you have ever seen one but not in CYPRUS or GREECE let me know the country.

So let's start.

I found one and as you can see from the pictures have a lot of white paint marks it's cracked and have nailed aluminium.

When the SKAFI was cracked people used to nail some aluminium in order to slow down and prevent any further crack.

Step 1: Remove the Aluminium

I have started removing all the aluminium and almost all the nails I could.

Step 2: Sanding the Skafi

When I had the aluminium removed I proceeded to the sanding.

Step 3: Apply Woodworm

As I 'm placing SKAFI home I wanted to apply woodworm as a precaution.

Step 4: Glue the Cracks

Firstly I cut some sandpaper and I pass it through the crack from one side to the other and I cleaned the cracks very carefully.

In order to stop the crack continue I apply epoxy in the cracks and I can say that it did a very good work because the two edges have stop moving up and down and even if I was putting power to check it, it didn't moved even a 0,01cm.

I thought I took pictures of the cracks filled with glue but I didn't :/

Step 5: Painting the Skafi

I choose the mahogany colour because there was some rust at the back which I couldn't remove the red rusty colour.

Step 6: Finished and Home for Resting

Nowadays people are using them for decorating purposes so do I.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Colonial America... us yanks used to use them all the time, till we got the whole industrial revolution thing out across the territories.

    Roy Underhill (the woodwrightshop) made a few over the decades. the first version was made during his first season episode 9 or 10(depends on who is numbering it). Over here, we just call them wooden mixing bowls, or bread bowls, or kneading bowls. and we cheat, and make them oval instead of rectangles. just produced by different means.

    Just a hint though, for anyone considering following your work, and USING their bowl(if not used in the kitchen, best leave it as-is. Antique collector people seem to LIKE their stuff in original broken condition more than pretty, fixed and functional).

    Mix a little matching sawdust in with a natural(non toxic, and probably non-water soluble) wood glue. then push that paste into the cracks. When it dries, continue on with a food-grade mineral oil treatment. alternatively, beeswax/walnut oil solutions are available that give a longer lasting, tough finish.

    Finally, here's s trick straight from the pages of "the way my granddaddy's granddaddy did it"
    Drill a small hole at the ends of the crack(to stop crack migration)
    Put a small bevel on the sides of the crack.
    Cut out a piece of well annealed(dead soft) copper that JUST matches the crack but stands a little proud when inserted.
    Stick it in place and GENTLY peen over the edges.
    Works just as well for repairing wood bowls as it does for cast iron or copper pots.
    Plus when you're done, you have the choice of lying and saying that it was an antique traditional repair, OR that the copper insert was an artistic design element :-)

    Cheers to you and your renovated Skafi!
    Happy mixing.

    Ps. Depending on the AGE, the repair MAY have originally used lead or pewter. A similar repair would PROBABLY be safe, since you're not likely to use anything acidic in it, but since most places on earth are now absolutely paranoid about lead... better stick with copper, or lead free pewter. NO SOLDER!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I forgot to mention that they used them to wash the clothes also ;)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice comment mate and nice suggestions!

    Also I'll put in the title the name you call them :)