Where do the weeks go? It seems like only yesterday I was writing last week’s Newsletter and here I am again! And this time next week (Friday if you’re reading this late) I’ll be at the Yandles Autumn Show in Martock, Somerset (and also there on Saturday) talking to people (maybe you?). I mentioned last week that Belinda Matthews will be joining me on the stand this time round, I’m really looking forward to seeing her in action. If you would like a sneak preview of her work and what to expect you can visit her website here.

And as Belinda will be using our Spirit Stains in her demos, we’ll start with a question about them; can they be mixed into Shellac Sanding Sealer? we were asked. That gets a big yes from us, and not only that they can also be added to Cellulose Sanding Sealer, Melamine Lacquer and even to the acrylics and waxes, so they’re very mulitpurpose.

Another emailer asked if WoodWax 22 would be suitable to use on some kitchen cupboards. He’d probably get away with it, but with the probability of lots of steam in the kitchen and water splashes, both of which could affect the wax, we suggested that the Microcrystalline Wax would be the better option if a wax finish was required. It’s harder wearing and more water resistant than the WoodWax 22 and will last a lot longer.

Finally for this week, we were asked if we produce a ‘wood hardener’ and as such, we don’t. But if you’re looking to strengthen up a piece of spalted or punky wood to make it firmer and easier to get a clean cut on when turning, we do have something that will help. Thinning down our Cellulose Sanding Sealer or Melamine Lacquer 50/50 with Cellulose Thinners (I know I don’t normally recommend this, this is one of two exceptions to the rule) means that the liquid will soak further into the wood and when it dries will make it harder and easier to turn. Two or three applications might be needed depending on how bad the wood is, remember that the binding power of the sealer/lacquer has been diluted to allow it to soak in deeper, so more will be needed.

I’ll stop there for this week, I haven’t mentioned our Woodturning Weekender lately and you know I don’t like to use the Newsletter for sales and promotion, but we’re really excited about how this is shaping up and as tickets go on sale on 1 September I thought I’d just stick a couple of buttons in if you want to click them.

See you next week!