Wood, Finish and Care

American Black Walnut - Juglans nigraa - :

History: Although numerous and widely distributed during past geological periods, members of the walnut family (Juglandacae) now comprise only about 20 species. These are found in the forests of North, Central, and South America, the West Indies, Southern Europe, and southern and eastern Asia. Six species of Juglans are native to the United States, but only two of them, black walnut (Juglans nigra) and white walnut or butternut (Juglans cinerea), are important as producers of lumber. Juglans is a contraction of Jovis glans, a Latin name designating the nut or acorn of Jupiter. Mythology describes a golden age when acorns were the food of humans and the gods lived on walnuts; hence the name of Juglens, Jovis glans, or Jupiter came about.

Appearance: Heartwood variegated gray brown to dark chocolate brown, sometimes with a purple, green or red cast. Often contains dark streaks. Sapwood is nearly white. The wood is generally straight-grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure. Texture is uniform and slightly coarse. It takes all finishing agents quite well and is readily polished to a high sheen.

American White Ash - Fraxinus americana -

History: Norse mythology refers to ash as "the mighty tree that supports the heavens" and "below earth its roots went down to hell." Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions and early windmills were made from this species.

Appearance: The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish or light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform texture. The degree and availability of light-colored sapwood, and other properties, will vary according to the growing regions.

Finish

We finish our pieces with Danish oil, which is a blend of penetrating oil and varnish that seeps into the wood and then hardens. This provides a more durable finish that will not show scratches or dents as easily as other finishes. It will not crack, strip or peel. On top of that we put a blend of orange oil, lemon oil, carnauba wax, and beeswax to add luster and protection from spills.

Care

Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean. Clean the entire piece rather than spot clean to maintain a consistent finish. Do not use spirits, bleach or other chemicals to clean. Wipe up spills immediately. Avoid direct contact with hot objects.