The best finish is the one that has been applied patiently, gently and in many thin coats over time, and generally speaking, I tend to use natural oils to finish all my pieces.
Why natural oils?
I think they enhance the natural characteristics of the wood as they penetrate it deeply, creating many thin layers but always respecting its colour and texture. This way, wood and oil become one, and they will never come apart.
Once dry, natural oils get harder with time, protecting the piece and giving that distinctive tactile feel. They are splash-proof, heat and alcohol resistant, children friendly and worktop friendly. And they smell better…
From the moment I started woodwork, I learnt to pay attention in how to avoid poor techniques and why they don’t work. The traditional methods I use are practised by woodworkers simply because they are the most effective ones and they have proved to work through time, use and abuse.
Wood doesn’t come in cans, and every bit of timber will, by default, be different and therefore unique. I spend a long time selecting it in the making process, ensuring that I’m happy with it, with a very picky eye. The finishing journey is the same. So my design features are a result of the individual characteristics of the boards I use for that project. The wood shows me the grain and pattern. I just choose how to cut it.
As a perfectionist, this is exactly what I would expect from a furniture-maker.
As a maker of furniture, I can be a real pain when I come to meet my own demands.