Finishes on Timbers and Logs
Planed and oiled
The usual choice. A smooth finish that enhances the natural grain of the wood.
A coloured stain may be added, such as the cherry stain we used in this home.
We use Sansin European environmentally-friendly water-based stain which is available in broad palette of colours.
In our office we have a display with samples of the stain colors available.
This might be the choice for a timber frame barn or an outdoor pavillion using our instant-aging Lifetime Crystals (see our fence for the colour this treatment achieves).
Rough sawn and brushed
Our special nylon brush on rough-sawn wood cleans up the surface for an interesting effect that looks rustic but well-worn and is easier to clean, as on these stairs (close-up at right).
The saw marks from the mill are still very pronounced, but there is a smoothness. This wood was treated with a dark, Early American-type stain.
The edge of this mantlepiece was finished by hand with a drawknife, a double-handled tool with a blade that you draw towards yourself as you shave the surface of the wood. Facets left by the drawknife leave a rough-hewn effect.