We do it because we want the final product to resemble its origins as much as possible. Rather than simply coating the outside of the wood in a polymerized resin solution, the natural oil we use penetrates the wood for an enhancement in its beauty and feel. By doing it by hand, a greater character is achieved. (An added benefit is that, unlike clear coats, the finish can be easily repaired and refurbished with a bit of sandpaper and a touch of oil.) And because we only deal in small batch production, this process is still practical for us.
With a designated staging area for oil finishing, we get a chance to step away from the grind of making and relax. It’s a time to chat, to joke and laugh, all while transforming something good into something great.