The photos show the small mould; however the large one described here is twice the length.
The answer to a question I am often asked - where do you get your wooden moulds - is that I'm lucky to have my Dad make them for me. When I was a child, he was a very skilled (amateur) cabinet maker who designed and made a lot of our furniture from beautiful timbers. Since he retired from his career as a much loved doctor and acupuncturist, he has kept busy with his interests such as computers, photo editing and charting family history. He has also made some extra moulds that you can purchase!
Although he has made more elaborate and complicated moulds in the past, I asked him to make this simple design, which I prefer using over the others. The mould comes as three separate pieces - sides, base and a lid. You'll need to attach the bottom to the sides when using it. I use duct tape to hold the base to the sides, then undo the tape on one side when it's time to release the soap. The wood has been sanded back to be smooth and left uncoated. You could coat it with varnish if you wish, but I use mine raw.
This mould will need to be lined with baking paper or plastic each time you use it. There is no need to wash it between uses. It holds approximately 2.5kg of soap batter, making about 20 bars of soap, depending on how thick you cut them. Price is for one mould (3 parts); the timbers may not be matching in look, but the size of each base and lid have been matched to the body of the mould, and they are all authentic natural wood.
Available for collection only from the Dymocks Building, George St, Sydney. Please allow 1-2 business days from receipt of payment, as stock is not always kept on site. We will email you to let you know that your order is ready for collection (this is not the same as confirmation of payment).