These short weeks play havoc with my on-board timings! I suddenly realised it was Thursday already, and I hadn’t even started on a Newsletter. Anyway, it didn’t take long this week, and I wouldn’t want to let you down. And it means that it’s Friday already, which is a relief as it’s been a rather hectic week again. I hope you’ve had a good week, the sun came out for the Bank Holiday which was a shock, but it’s vanished again. Maybe it’ll come back…

We had an email from a worried customer last week. They’d attended a club meeting and the guest demonstrator had announced that cellulose based products, in particular Cellulose Sanding Sealer, would be banned very soon. Was this true?, they asked. This is a rumour I’ve heard many, many times. It was very popular about fifteen years ago, and I haven’t heard it lately. I can confirm, though, that it’s untrue. I don’t doubt that, one day, it will happen, but there are no plans for this to pass into law. Non-cellulose alternatives are available, and most are very good, but none as yet have the ease-of-use that the cellulose based versions have.
We are hoping, though, that the media hear about this, and plaster it all over the news, causing panic buying and boosting our sales! (Did someone say ‘cynic’?)

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I know our readers come and go (although I know I’ve also got many loyal readers who have been with me from day one!). So it doesn’t hurt to give a little reminder, as I was asked about it this week.
Our Acrylic Lacquer and Melamine Lacquer come as gloss finishes as standard, but can we also supply them in a different sheen? Semi-gloss, satin, or matt? The answer is a very simple ‘yes, we can!’. Very the gloss level just requires some matting agent to be added during the manufacturing process. For technical reasons, the minimum amount we can make is five litres, and it can take a few days to prepare, but it can be done. Advance payment is required, but the good news is that there’s no extra charge for this.

Finally, question-wise for this week, a question was posted on our Facebook Group ‘Conkers’ asking for a suitable finish for a turned baby’s rattle. Many people thought that Food Safe Finish would be a good choice, but really, that’s over-thinking things. Any of our toy safe finishes would be suitable, as they can be licked and chewed without any adverse effects. I’d probably go for one of the flexible options, such as a wax or oil, as these will be gentler on teeth and gums, but any of them would be fine for this and have all been independently tested and approved.

I’m back on the road again next week, heading to give a demo to the Ely Guild of Woodturners. I know we’ve already got a lot of friends there, so I’m looking forward to seeing them again and hopefully meeting some new ones too!
If you’re not one of them, I’ll see you again next Friday! Have a great week,