Care and Maintenance
You are now the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind piece of art that I crafted with love and passion. It is how I approach life and what I do - more so than ever. With just a little care and just a few do's and don'ts the piece of me that you now possess can last for years and years, generation to generation. I like to think it will become a treasured family heirloom, always something to be enjoyed.
While you may like to display my work, I remind you that all of my creations have a utilitarian purpose. Feel free to use them as intended. Something would be lost if it just sat on display. But, as you like.
Care instructions will accompany each creation that you purchase. It took me two years and many (embarrassing) conversations between myself, my wife and the master turners that have visited and trained me in my studio, that the objects created are to be USED. Yes, a salad bowl is to be used to be filled with salad. Of course, a salt box is to have salt in its beautiful round and smooth interior. Pepper is to be placed in Pepper mills. All of these observations seem obvious, but I did not want my creations to be effected by use, rather wanting them to stand alone for observation and caressing their super fine finishes. I finally capitulated and thus my wife can use "certain" of my creations for their intended purpose. In actuality, use creates a natural patina that enhances the wood's appearance. With this said, I would implore you to take care of YOUR new art. Doing so is simple:
1. Never immerse in water
2. Nor place in a dishwasher
3. Clean after use with a warm damp terrycloth towel with 4-6 drops of gentle dish soap. Wipe off and dry immediately thereafter.
4. The finish on your art is mostly a fine oil base. So, use will leave the finish after contact with food looking a bit dull, but a beautiful patina will then appear. Most people love this look. When and if you wish to restore your art to "show status", simply rub in some lemon oil, let sit for 10 minutes, and then buff off with a cotton cloth and presto, your art is in "show" form.
Enjoy, and thank you so much for appreciating my creations.