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 wood.
Unless otherwise instructed, the product finish exhibits antiquing and distressing techniques. These processes add splashes and scratch marks designed to enhance the final finish.
Due to the natural properties of wood, expansion, shrinkage or movement may occur at any time. It’s important to realise that although the wood is no longer part of the tree it is always trying to return to its natural shape. Similarly the way the wood would respond to wet and dry environments externally are also relevant to the modern day internal environments. Central heating in particular reduces the moisture levels in the atmosphere and may encourage joint or veneer movement as may other fluctuations in temperature.
A large bowl of water or humidifier can assist centrally heated rooms. Similarly, dehumidifiers are useful in more humid environments.
Iain James can offer a restoration service to help to remedy any such movement. However, the non-return of movement cannot be guaranteed.
Frequently dust your furniture with a dry, soft duster and occasionally wax using a high quality polish based on beeswax. This will 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 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 are a testament to the hand application work done during the many stages of polishing as opposed to ‘off the gun’ finishes.
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. 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 hand made and sizes may vary to dimensions listed' We reserve the right to alter or delete any items. All errors and omissions excepted.
Iain James is respectful of it's 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.