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.
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
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.Download care sheet
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."Download care sheet