Why We Hand-finish

We’re proud to hand-finish all of our woodwork for two reasons: 1) It's simple to restore 2) Hand-finished wood is unparalleled in beauty. Hand finishing wood is a traditional woodworkers finish— it’s been used by woodworkers around the world for centuries, and continues to be the preferred finishing method of a number of master woodworkers.

Basic Care

Naturally finished wood is not as resistant to stains as chemically-finished wood, and care should be taken to avoid liquid spills, especially pigmented liquids like coffee or red wine. For regular cleaning, we recommend wiping down the piece with a dry cloth. Do not use chemical cleaning agents. In the event of spill, wipe up the wood as quickly as possible. Use coasters and trays on particularly high-wear pieces.

Caring For Each Wood Type

Danish soap

Soap as a finish was first made popular by mid-century Danish craftsmen (Hans Wegner, notably), who used it to finish tables, chairs, and even floors. Applied by hand, it is used to maintain a matte, raw appearance on light- colored wood, and is especially beautiful when paired with ash. It is plant-based, entirely non-toxic and food safe. Freshly soaped ash will appear slightly yellow as a consequence of leftover moisture from the finishing process. Over the following weeks, as the moisture leaves the wood, the ash will turn a true white.

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Oil and Wax

Applied by hand, this finish has been used by woodworkers for centuries, and continues to be the preferred finishing method of many master craftsmen. You can re-wax to correct isolated nicks, scratches, watermarks, or stains. In addition, we recommend re-waxing every 1-2 years, when the luster of the wood begins to wane, or when the wood looks "dry."

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