Care Instructions

CARE GUIDE

All of my products are naturally finished. This means they are not immune to stains and damage, however the finish is easily renewed without the need to sand, so over many years will develop a unique quality and patina. This allows the item to tell a story. The Japanese often refer to this quality as “wabi-sabi (侘寂)”, the beauty of imperfection.

To clean the item, simply wipe down with a damp cloth. If needed, dry with a dry cloth. Don’t allow water to pool on the item.

Beverages may stain the item. If you would like to avoid this, use coasters and clean spills as soon as they happen using the method above.

Because all items are made from solid wood, some wood movement across the grain is to be expected. All of my work is designed to mitigate this as much as possible.

It is best to keep items out of direct sunlight, as extreme exposure to UV may cause the wood to dry unevenly and cup, warp, or even crack or split.

If used in a heavily air conditioned environment, use a humidifier, as dry air may also lead to the aforementioned problems.

If the finish becomes worn, or too dirty:
1: Clean the item with methylated spirits and 000 or 0000 steel wool. Wipe down with a rag.
2: Rag on a coat of boiled linseed oil (dispose of rags carefully, as they can self combust).
3: Let stand for 1 hour before wiping off excess oil, buffing it out with a clean cloth.
4: Rub in a coat of paste wax with a cloth. I prefer natural beeswax and linseed oil based waxes (I make my own, and can sell you some).
5: That’s it, good for another few years.

Optionally you can omit step 2 & 3 and move straight to the wax finish.

If looked after, my items can potentially last generations.

 

FOODSAFE ITEMS

To clean the item, wash with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Never soak the item or put it in the dishwasher. Don’t allow liquids to pool on the item for extended periods.

Liquids may stain the item. This is unavoidable, but washing it soon after use will mitigate this somewhat.

Because all items are made from solid wood, some wood movement is to be expected.

It is best to keep items out of direct sunlight, as extreme exposure to UV may cause the wood to dry unevenly and cup, warp, or even crack or split.

If used in a heavily air conditioned environment, use a humidifier, as dry air may also lead to the aforementioned problems.

If the finish becomes worn, or every 6-12 months:
1: Wash with warm water and allow to dry well
2: Rub in a coat of butchers block paste with a cloth. I prefer natural beeswax and mineral oil based products (I make my own, and can sell you some).
3: Let stand for 1 hour before wiping off excess paste, buffing it out with a clean cloth.
4: That’s it, good for another year.