Wood finish can prolong the beauty & longevity of your wood, however, no coating or finish can preserve wood forever. Good design is more important. I prefer breathable, penetrating oil finishes which are not 'film-forming'. Maintenance is as easy, just clean & reapply. These products don’t flake, peel, or crack so removing an old coating is never an issue. I do not use polyurethane or varnish as these products inevitably fail & peel, involving great expense and labour to remove & reapply. Good design and a breathable finish is my recommendation for outside. If you have your heart set on Polyurethane, it can easily be applied over the products I use.
I do not use any stains on my pieces. I rely on the natural elements to influence the condition of the oak giving each piece its own unique personality. It's my intention & responsibility to maintain the natural beauty & integrity of the oak, as it has taken a long journey for our paths to cross for merely a moment in time. With the deepest respect, I enhance the pieces by thoughtfully & carefully milling & hand burnishing to discover its inner beauty laying just beneath the surface, & oiling with natural oils to preserve & amplify its character so it can reveal to you it's experiences, honestly & uninhibited...
Hemp oil is a "drying oil", as it can polymerize into a solid form.
This oil deepens the wood colour & enhance grain with a matte finish, • Food Safe • NO VOC’s • Breathable • Biodegradable
Citrus Solvent is a biodegradable, naturally-occurring solvent, as the main component is simply citrus peel oil. Citrus Solvent's interesting chemical properties, pleasant citrus aroma, & FDA-GRAS rating ("generally recognized as safe") have earned the product phenomenal acceptance in many diverse chemical applications.
Citrus Solvent does not contribute to depletion of the upper ozone or smog like mineral spirits or paint thinner. The material released into the air by Citrus Solvent is essentially the same material that is continuously being released into the air in every orange grove, & is gently returned to the earth with the rain.
Non toxic so disposal is safe & biodegradable.
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Pure Tung Oil
Water & alkali resistant offering a protective barrier.
Will not darken with age as other finishes will.
Resists marring, penetrates well, remains elastic & unlikely to check.
Builds quickly, consolidates the wood surface & builds a transparent matte finish.
Will not mildew or bleed like linseed oil when dry
all natural organic finish that is environmentally safe & food safe.
Created by worker honey bees to store honey & raise their offspring, beeswax is a natural organic polymer & one of the first plastics to be used. Beeswax is water repellent, food safe, & a sweet smelling, durable sealant that nourishes the wood with a silky smooth satin sheen...