During the last few years as I have turned my back on finishes with lots of volatile organic compounds, I’ve begun looking for traditional high-quality finishes that won’t shorten my lifespan.
I’ve bought a lot of beeswax from a lot of different sources, from national manufacturers to the individual beekeeper. They all work, but the nicest stuff I’ve found is from Don and Carolyn Williams at donsbarn.com.
Don has spent his life restoring furniture and researching historical finishing techniques. So when he set out to make beeswax for the furniture trade, he knew it had to be pure and clean with no additives.
I’m on my second brick of beeswax from donsbarn.com and have nothing but good things to say. It brings up a beautiful low-lustre polish with a polissoir and can be readily mixed with other waxes to create a harder finish, if desired.
I also apply it directly to turnings spinning on the lathe and love the results. There might be better beeswaxes out there, but I haven’t found them.
You can order a block of the wax for $10 plus $3 domestic shipping by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Christopher Schwarz
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