Why choose a wax finish?Many people mistakenly consider a wax finish to be inferior to other finishes such as varnish, oil and lacquer. This opinion arises from the cure of varnish and lacquer which forms a harder coating like a skin over the timber. These finishes are ideal for a wooden floor where a tougher surface is needed and wax would not be as durable.
A wax finish, however, is perfect for a variety of indoor solid wood furniture. Wax has a distinctive finish and it can highlight all the natural, unique markings of the wood which is individual and aesthetically pleasing.
Wood wax is also very easy to restore or repair. Accidents and age are part of the life of furniture, and while some markings can only add to the charm of our wood products, occasionally a little help is needed. If you can use furniture polish, you can restore your wooden furniture to its former glory with wood wax, it is that easy. To restore other finishes such as lacquer and varnish, the furniture has to be sanded back to the bare timber, and the finish then professionally applied. This is extremely time-consuming and often requires specific tools. This makes a wax finish an ideal choice when you want furniture that is guaranteed to last and easy to maintain.
How to care for your solid wood furniture and shelvesTo clean your shelves or furniture items, simply wipe over the surface with a damp cloth, or a lint free duster. Please ensure to avoid applying cleaning products or harsh chemicals. We'd also recommend using a heat resistant coaster or place mat when placing drinks or plates of food onto table tops.
To apply a new coat of wax simply wipe over the solid wood furniture or wooden shelves, ensuring that it is free from dust. Use a lint free cloth to cover the affected area, or the whole of the surface with a small amount of wax whilst rubbing in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Leave to dry for 5-15mins, then simply buff the surface to a beautiful, new finish. Done!
We sell our coloured wax in convenient sizes within our Wax Care Packs, these are perfect for repairs or just for keeping your items in top condition.
Why We Use Air Dried Oak
We love working with wood and all its natural, organic properties. We’ve chosen air-dried oak for our mantels and shelves because it allows the timber to behave as naturally as it possibly can, giving you a beautiful, original piece for your home.
The air-drying process is as close to the natural environment as you can get. It means that the oak has been allowed to dry naturally and over time.
The process has not been sped up by the wood being place in a kiln. Instead, after the oak has been cut, it's been stored and allowed to follow a completely natural process of drying out.
Authentic, One Of A Kind Oak
Our oak timbers are a natural product. Each piece is different, and our craftsmen work with these natural shapes to create beautiful pieces for you. Often the timbers have waney edges, or "notches" in them. We don't work against the natural timber, and remove these shapes. We work with the wood, retaining all its natural characteristics. So each piece is unique, one of a kind.
These oak timbers take on a very authentic appearance as they age and settle into their new environments.
Wood that's allowed to air dry continues with this drying process for some period of time. That's why, when you receive an oak mantel or shelf from us, you can expect it to continue with this natural drying process for some time to come, particularly as it adjusts to its new environment in your home.
Most of the movement and changes will occur within the first three months. During this time you can expect to watch and enjoy the natural process as the timber gradually transforms. Cracks and splits will start to appear, the timber may twist and bow slightly.
We love to watch the organic process of the oak transforming, and aging. Because, let's face it, it's natural, and it’s happening to all of us too!
Your Oak Mantel Or Shelf
How much movement you experience within your own oak shelf or mantel really is unique to both the timber and your home. Every homeis different, depending on the moisture content of the air, the level of central heating, or how close the timber is to a wood burner, or other heat source.
Direct heat can cause the movement to be quite considerably more exaggerated, but these shelves and mantels are suitable to be placed above a heat source. We recommend a minimum of 50cm clearance, and introducing the oak to the heat very gradually over time.