Thanks for the advice everyone.
I've never heard of mineral oil for this purpose.
I have used olive oil and then baked a piece to dry it/burn off excess- the result was good, but it was for a carving/sculptural piece and I wasn't sure how well it would do for food.
Yes, chopsticks are great Dale!
I already have some that I've carved out of walnut- I'm a pretty hardcore noodle eater, definitely a must.
My wife has been laughing at me all morning- carving away, sanding my little spork....(she's used to me spending hours on this sort of nonsense, I'm an artist).
I'm really into the idea of making as much of my own gear as is possible for right now- the spork has been fun.
I want lathe a really light wooden bowl to nest inside my cookpot as well. I've been thinking quite a bit about the lack of art and personality in backpacking gear- I understand the pragmatism behind it (weight/mass production), but I'm getting tired of all the name brand, generic stuff I have; I'm looking to create a more unique/artistic kit.