I hand carve my work from a single piece of rare wood, reclaimed from an old Thai house, or salvaged from a fallen tree.
I finish my boards with vegetal hardwax oil from Europe, and gently rub a homemade, food-safe nourishing balm containing organic beeswax, food grade oils, and essential oils.
Each of my board comes with a tin of the balm, and a care instructions card.
I make my pieces carefully and with consideration from the best materials obtainable in the hope that they may last at least a lifetime, and if looked after, they have the potential to last many.
Wood is a hardy and resilient material but will require a little care if you want it to continue to look its best. Please follow these instructions to maintain your Wood Side Story pieces and feel free to get in touch should you ever need advice.
– Cleaning wood is easy and quick, just hand wash after use with warm soapy water and rinse off. Unlike metal or plastic, most wood is naturally antibacterial and after being given a light wash will neutralize 99.9% of any remaining bacteria after 24 hours.
– Avoid leaving wood items to soak or washing them with a dishwasher, this will significantly weaken the wood and can damage your product.
– Your piece has been finished with a handmade balm that comprises organic beeswax and natural oils. Wood will eventually start to dry out and lose some of its water-repellant property, so just occasionally rub in a little balm of the jar joined with your board to top up this protective barrier.
– If you find after prolonged use the surface of your board feels less smooth than when you first began using it this is because fibers of the wood have become damaged or raised slightly. The fibers can be removed easily by giving the surface a very light rub with fine sandpaper (between 320 and 400 grit) and reapplying the nourishing wood balm: this will bring back the silky smooth finish your product had when you received it.