I hope you managed to catch Sue Harker’s demo for us last night on Conkers LIVE. It was certainly entertaining and informative, as well as highly enjoyable. If you missed it, you can still see it here, for a limited time only.
Sue was going to be one of the Invaders for our Northern Invasion, but quickly realised she wouldn’t be able to make it, but she has paved the way for our intrepid Invaders to head to Kent next week! I’ll say a bit more about that at the end of this Newsletter, but first… some questions

I was asked about our Microcrystalline Wax and if it was food safe or not. My correspondent had been studying various Safety Data Sheets and was confused. The problem here is the Safety Data Sheets can’t supply the answer to this question. They deal with storage, handling, transport, harmful ingredients etc. None of which matter once it has been applied and allowed to dry, which is when they could come into contact with food. Once anything harmful (usually the solvent) has been allowed to evaporate away, it is no longer an issue. The remaining coating may or may not be food safe, (the Microcrystalline Wax has been tested and approved), but the SDS doesn’t help determine this.

Another emailer this week asked if Tung Oil could be applied on top of stain and grainfiller. The stain won’t be a problem, and the grainfiller probably won’t be a problem, but it’s not always easy to tell. The advice here was that Tung Oil is a very slow drying product, and applying it over the grainfiller will make it even slower. To be on the safe side, a test should be carried out first. It’ll be important to allow the oil to dry thoroughly and then make sure that is has adhered to the surface. It should be evident quite quickly if there’s a problem.

And finally for this week, and it’s a bit cheeky to include it, but it’s a genuine question that came in about our Weekender. You may have seen that visitors to the Weekender will be getting a goody bag with some sample products in, and also a free bottle of beer! I was asked if this could be extended to our online viewers? We thought about different ways to make it work, and here’s what we’ve come up with…
Online viewers will get a discount code to use in our online shop, during the Weekender. If they spend over £30 (exc.
delivery but after the discount has been applied) we’ll send them a goody bag as well. Spend over £60 and we’ll also add a bottle of our special Invader IPA!
If you can’t make it to the event you can book to watch online here.

So that’s your three questions for this week. There will, of course, be a Newsletter next week, even though I’ll be in the final preparation stages of the Woodturning Weekender. I hope I might be seeing you there; there are still tickets left. And if you’re not coming, make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel as there might be some impromptu livestreaming of the evening events as well as the demos!

I hope I’ll see you, in one form or another