This wooden bread scoring lame is the perfect gift for the avid bread maker in your life or for yourself if you fancy yourself as a Paul Hollywood, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalll or Pru Leith.
Scoring dough is a method of creating a weak spot in the surface of the dough to aid rapid expansion of the dough in the early stages of baking. Without scoring the dough your loaf is prone to expanding in unexpected areas. Scoring the dough can give your loaves a distinct appearance and there are endless patterns which can be used to elevate the look of the loaf into something you might find in an artisan bakery.
A Sardine though, why a sardine? The shape initially came from working through the best shape to sit in the palm of your hand whilst maintaining effective control of the scoring process. The shape evolved into what is now the lucky sardine. Lucky though, really? Yes indeed, in some cultures, the sardine is considered to be a symbol of good fortune and as we know when baking bread a little bit of luck goes a long way.
Your lame is made from a fallen sycamore tree which blew down in a storm a few years ago. It has a tightening screw to ensure the blade stays put when in use and it can be loosened so that the blade retracts into the body of your lucky sardine to ensure safety in the kitchen. You will receive 2 extremely sharp razor blades with your lucky sardine but I sell refills in my shop too, should you require more. There's a waxed cord hanging strap and each sardine comes nicely tucked up in it's own handmade, heavy duty canvas pouch.
Your lucky sardine will, over time, become battle scarred through constant use but in order to keep it looking it's best simply give it a light beeswax coating every now and again and allow it a bit of time to penetrate the surface of the wood before buffing off. Please do not place in the dishwasher or submerge in water for any length of time. Just give it a wipe with a wet cloth each time you've finished creating your masterpiece.
I have included within the packaging a few suggested patterns to use as a resource when wondering what to score into your dough.
The size of your lucky sardine is approximately 17cm (with the blade extended) x 4cm x 1.4cm
Delivery options available
Standard delivery: included
Receive it by 15th - 17th December
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Labour & Lustre
Labour & Lustre is an independent, creative woodwork shop, making small batch production pieces for your home and garden. I focus on handmade production techniques and whilst the pieces I make are very much focussed around functionality, I also pride myself on the use of high quality raw materials with unique characteristics.
I work closely with local sawmills to source raw materials to work with. Every single piece of hardwood timber I use is handpicked by me for its character, grain and quality. Most pieces of timber are milled from storm fallen trees and have been air drying for a number of years. This gives each piece I create a unique history and character which cannot be recreated. You can be assured each piece is unique to you, a one off!