we all talk about our favourite oil to soak our spoons in, be it tung, damish, linseed, flax or olive oil. Some peole deep fry their spoons, others soak it for days and then some jsut put it on in coats.
I've made loads of spoons for my own use and I don't bother oiling them anymore. I've not tried frying hem, only soaking and coating in tung, flax and olive oils (not together!). I've found that once the spoon has been through the washing up, the oil has pretty much come off (sometimes even eating hot soup or stirring a cup of tea strips the oil out).
Not one of my spoons has rotted and they all work fine with no splitting or other problems without oiling. One did fall foul to rats chewing on it and a couple have had the same mouldiness you get on old bread, but they were becuase I left them out in the woods for a few wet weeks!
So, apart from the aesthetic effect of oiling the wooden spoon, is there any real reason to do so?