Our Finish

All of our products are finished using time honoured traditional hand polishing methods which create a fine patina and depth of colour. The furniture is bleached to help achieve a lighter, softer shade often associated with antiques, before being hand coloured, shaded, distressed and polished. The process is completed by carefully dulling the finish using 0000 wire wool and pumice powder and brush.The finish of our products may feature small knots, marks and cracks which are natural characteristics of wool.Unless otherwise instructed, the product finish exhibits antiquing and distressing techniques. These processes involve splashes and scratch marks designed to enhance the final finish.


Understanding Timber

Due to the natural properties of wood, expansion, shrinkage or movement may occur at any time.It's important to realise that although the timber no longer part of the tree it is always trying to return to its natural shape. Similarly the way the wood would respond to humid and dry environments externally are also relevant to the modern day internal surroundings. Central heating in particular reduces the moisture levels in the atmosphere and may encourage join or veneer movement as may other fluctuations in temperatures.Iain James can offer a restoration service to help remedy any such movement. However, the non-return of movement cannot be guaranteed.


Caring for your furniture

Frequently dust your furniture with a dry, soft duster and occasionally wax using a high quality beeswax based polish, twice a year is usually plenty, depending on how much wear the piece gets.This will help nourish the wood and help to prevent the surface of the wood from drying. The wax should be applied to a manageable sized area and the excess wiped off quickly with a clean cloth. When removing the excess wax, it is important that the cloth in use is clean so that the excess wax is not dragged around the surface leaving streaks. As a tip keep folding the cloth over or have another clean cloth to help achieve this.The wax should always be removed in the same direction as the original polish was applied.This can be seen by looking closely at the patina where fine finishing lines will display the direction of application. The finishing lines which are visible in critical light are a testament to the hand application work done during the many stages of polishing, as opposed to ‘off the gun’ finishes and not  in any way a finishing defect. Waxing and natural oxidization will reduce these features over time.Above all, avoid using any spray polishes containing silicone which can wear through the patina. If applying Harrells or Liberon wax, which use, please ignore the instructions to leave the wax to dry!Any spillage should be removed immediately with a damp cloth and subsequently dried.Avoid placing hot objects on to the furniture as they may mark the finish.  Try to avoid keeping furniture in strong sunlight. This could affect the colour of the piece and could also result in the movement of veneers and timbers.The terms ‘Mahogany’ or ‘Walnut’ etc relate to the finish and do not mean the product is entirely made of that product. 'All items are handmade and sizes may vary to dimensions listed' We reserve the right to alter or delete any items. All errors and omissions excepted.


Environmental Care

Iain James is respectful of its environmental responsibilities and is one of the founder members of Woodland Heritage, an organisation with the long term sustainment of woodlands and forests within the United Kingdom at the forefront of its interests.Woodland Heritage is recognised as a unique initiative, which truly unites all tree lovers – a vehicle for wood users (and consumers) to “put something back” and contribute to the proper management of British Trees. Woodlands are capable of growing high quality timber whilst providing an environment that supports wildlife, but only if properly and continuously managed. Woodland Heritage will seek to help through funding projects, travel bursaries, research, education, spreading the word and co-operating with like-minded initiatives.Timber materials are also purchased from suppliers that source from legal and sustainable managed forests and comply with EUTR Timber regulations.

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