Where did January go? It’s been a bit mad, hasn’t it? We’ve been busier than I want to think about, with a couple of major projects on the go. Some of it background stuff, but there should be a few new products coming out soon. One of which is a direct result of a customer suggestion, so don’t be afraid to keep them coming in! We always like to be customer-led – because you know better that we do what you want to use.
Thank you to everyone who wrote in about the PDF version of the Newsletter, I’ll be keeping this going for a while, fear not. The Newsletter itself will be around for a long time yet – how will readers know it’s Friday – or, if it hasn’t turned up, know that it’s not Friday (you know who you are!)

Some interesting questions this week, including some variations on topics previously covered.

Jewellery came up a couple of times this week, with people asking for suitable finishes that would be both hard-wearing enough and safe for people to wear. My normal reply on this to suggest our Acrylic Gloss Lacquer. It ticks the box for both of the properties above, but one of my correspondents wanted the grain highlighted as well. Lacquers don’t usually do this; they dry quickly and stay on the surface, having minimal effect on the grain. Oils, on the other hand, are much slower drying, allowing them to soak in slightly and darken the open grain. This is at the expense of the convenience of the quick drying time. The answer here is to stain the wood with a fairly light colour, the grain will absorb more, and thus go darker, making the grain show up better.

A regular but important question that also came in this week concerns brightly-coloured woods. What is the best way to stop them losing their colour? There’s nothing that can be done to stop this natural process completely, but a lot of the change is caused by UV light. Our Acrylic Gloss and Satin Lacquers have UV filters in them, which will slow the colour degradation down dramatically. But, short of locking the wood up in a box and never looking at it, (which defeats the object somewhat!), there’s nothing I know of that stops this.

Product life has also been mentioned a few times this week. In one case it was a user who hadn’t been able to get into the workshop for a long time due to ill-health; I was able to reassure him that at least most, if not all, of his stock of our products would still be in a usable condition despite not having been used for a year.

The other comment was about Burnishing Cream, which is one of those products that benefits from being used sparingly. (Come to think of it, that applies to practically all of our products – none of them benefit from being ladled on). Anyway, from the description given, I reckon this bottle must be a good 10-15 years old! More good news, it’ll still be going strong. Burnishing Cream is a relatively simple product, there’s not much in it that will spoil, so just keep on with it.

That’s about everything for this week, we’re in the early stages of preparing for the Midlands Woodworking Show which takes place early in March this year (earlier than I realised…I’ll tell you more about that another time). I do hope I’ll see some of you there.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back again next week.