|All of my artwork has been finished with either penetrating
oil (linseed or Danish), or a surface film (shellac, varnish or
lacquer). I then wax and buff the surface.
AVOID CHANGES IN ENVIRONMENT:
Wooden vessels and bowls are
sensitive to heat, humidity and sunlight. Store and display them
so they are out of direct (or brightly reflected) sunlight.
Avoid sudden or rapid changes in temperature or humidity. Normal
room temperature is ideal, along with humidity in the 40-60%
range. Storage in other conditions could result in damage to the
vessel, such as cracking, warping, glue joint failure, or mold
and mildew. In the most humid climates, mold may pose a
secondary threat. In this case, regulate indoor humidity and
keep objects from direct contact with the floor.
EXPECT COLOR CHANGES:
Nearly all wood will change appearance
over time. You can expect some colors to fade, and others to get
darker. The distinctive grain patterns in some woods will also
become less visible. This is normal and only adds to the beauty
of the piece. The brilliant red streaks in box elder, for
example, will fade to brown with time. Cherry will get darker
and redder with age.
DUSTING AND CLEANING:
To keep wood furnishings and artwork
clean, dust regularly with a soft brush or lint-free cloth. A light application of paste wax will also help
protect the finish. Some good choices for paste wax include
Butcher's, Behlen Blue Diamond, Renaissance, Johnson's Paste
Wax, and others that do not contain silicone. DO NOT USE
FURNITURE POLISH! Aerosols and liquid polishes have been among
the worst offenders in introducing silicone oils and other
contaminants onto furniture. In addition, aerosols may contain a
wide variety of solvents that can attack varnishes and lacquers.
While some of the "dusting" aerosols appear to be benign when
applied to a cloth and not the surface of the object, the result
is not really any better than using a damp, clean dust cloth.
Nearly all of the polishes contain silicon, and can permanently
affect the finish.
NATURAL EDGE BOWLS:
These are a unique kind of bowl, where the beauty of the tree
and its bark are preserved as an integral element of the design.
The term "natural edge" refers to the fact that the bark of the
tree remains, and the curve of the lip reflects the curve of the
tree trunk, adding a dynamic element to the piece.
WILL THE BARK EVENTUALLY FALL OFF? If trees are harvested during
the growing season, the cambium layer is very wet, soft, and
porous. Natural edge bowls made from such wood, will rapidly
lose their bark. However, if the tree is harvested during its
dormant period, when the sap is not flowing, the cambium layer
is much more stable, and the bark will likely stay in place.
Nonetheless, the bark is still very soft, compared to the rest
of the bowl, and can easily be damaged.