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Care of your Wooden Bowl or Vase
The care and handling of a wooden bowl or vase should be the same as that for all quality wooden furniture. Take some precaution as to the humidity in the air and avoid direct sunlight for extended periods. A dry environment can cause cracking so keep them away from woodstoves and radiators and try to avoid any drastic climate changes. Avoid the use of spray furniture polishes and other cleaning products. The nice shine of the piece may also be dulled by contact with water. Once dulled, it cannot easily be returned to the shine it had when you first received it. As with all wooden furniture it may darken over time, though this may be reduced to some degree by keeping it out of direct sunlight.
The finish used on most of the pieces I make is three coats of Danish oil, each of which is allowed to dry overnight and then buffed on high speed wheels using three different compounds (Tripoli, White Diamond and finally a microcrystalline wax). With the coloured pieces, either spirit stain or acrylic paints have been used followed by several coats of clear acrylic lacquer for durability. Both of these finishes should be cared for in the same way, if you do need to use a wax I would recommend the microcrystalline of which I am aware of two brands, Renaissance and Chestnut, both of which are excellent and available from most good outlets. However, all that should be needed to maintain the finish is a light buff with a soft dry cloth.