There is something intrinsically beautiful about natural wood. It is warm and inviting, like a living thing. Why settle for particle or flake board and veneers? You can have texture and grain, all hand-rubbed and polished, until it looks so deep that you feel like you could step right inside.
Your furniture can say a lot about you. Tell the world that you value beauty and possess beautiful values.
Particle board and plywood use adhesives that can often contain formaldehyde which out-gases for up to five years after manufacture. People are exposed by breathing contaminated air from pressed wood furniture. Formaldehyde is a human carcinogen, an asthma trigger, and a suspected neurological, reproductive, and liver toxin. People with sensitivities should avoid these structural materials especially around children.
Wood makes us feel better. It connects us to nature through a reduction to our stress responses in our sympathetic nervous system. Wood is visually warm, contributing to social interaction and emotional support. We simply feel better in such an environment.
We Prefer Wood
In a recent study, it seemed clear that humans are simply happier when surrounded by wood. It is psychologically reinforcing and evinces descriptors such as “warm,” “comfortable,” “relaxing,” “natural” and “inviting”. It was observed that the more wood detailing in a room, the more content the occupants were.
Wood is Durable
After Hurricane Katrina people offered up all sorts of advice. One such piece was how to manage your clean-up after the flooding receded, and how to focus to keep your mental outlook positive. One thing they noted was that excellent quality solid wood furniture was almost always salvageable; particle board and other lesser materials were essentially dissolved and distorted. There is no doubt that solid wood is a good investment.
Wood is a sustainable crop and most used is from local sources that are responsibly harvested. Carefully hand-selected and then quarter-sawn to expose the best grain and achieve the minimum amount of waste.
Properly finished wood furniture doesn’t require much care. Clean up the inevitable dust and you should be happy. Solid wood furniture which has been properly stained, lacquered, oiled, and or waxed is almost invulnerable to conditions in your home. We’re happy to offer advice on the care of your furniture. Stains and lacquers are more durable than oils and waxes, but any can be used in the initial preparation of the furniture to give you the look you desire. Remember paste wax, if appropriate for your surface, can provide a hard durable layer of protection that can last up to two years. Liquid wax leaves a much thinner coat and must be replaced more often. Spray polishes are the least durable of all.
That warm woody aura you see when the sunlight hits it just right in the late afternoon; the reflection of a lamp in its gleaming surface; the constantly changing highlights of the fireplace reflected in its details – all these can be yours with beautiful, handcrafted, durable, and reassuring wood.