wooowww nani nani your kua michael! what kind of wood is that? its a beautiful piece...did you tune it yet? ha ha...yeah, i oil my tools before using them and i use either mineral oil or kukui nut oil sometimes. neither of these oils stain but i usually do it right after its made so theres usually some lag time til i use it. ive also started using danish oil, thats what uncle sol uses and havent had any problems. its good to oil and sand afterwards because you want to start building up the waterproof patina on the wood. hey the lauhala papale were wonderful! mahalo for sharing :)
What kind of wood? The smoother the better. some people like Wes oil their kua before they work on it. Some of us don't like to use oil right before usage because the oil can get into the kapa and discolor it so maybe oiling and sanding the day before would be good. I have used oil when I first started using my kua to keep the wood conditioned. but now I don't unless I feel I need to. Ask Dalani as I'm also finding that we kapa makers have different techniques in how we do things so maybe she has some advice. Also, we started a kapa discussion. This would be a good question to ask and we can see if others have mana`o as well. I hope this is helpful.
What kind of wood did you use? I always love to see different Hawaiian woods being used for kapa tools.