There's a reason 95% of our planks are sold
prefinished. We do it all by hand and pay attention to details better than
anyone making prefinished planking today. To get the beautiful deep finishes
we offer we use the best stains and top finishes you can buy. This is no
place to spare a few dollars. See
"Choose the Right Finish"
for a candid write-up about what to expect from each finish type.
We offer two
types of finishes, each painstakingly applied by hand.
European Natural Oil - No Stain -
Recommended on any
hardwood species we offer
Natural Oil Finish
is a great
improvement over tung oil and is one of the most beautiful and environmentally
safe finishes in the world. This oil is a micro-porous finish that
penetrates and becomes part of the wood. It is not a wear coat and
therefore cannot chip, crack or peel. Photos don't do it justice!
oil finish on Wide Red Oak Planks with 18th century rosehead nails
Imported from Germany, where strict
environmental standards have been in place for decades, this hard-wax oil
consists of thistle oil, sunflower oils, natural vegetable oils, carnauba wax, candallila wax and special hardeners. On unstained oak it ages to a
beautiful golden color that resists stains, wine, alcohol, and water.
never needs complete refinishing. More accurately, it only requires
occasional maintenance which includes easy application of a cleaner wax or the
original hardwax oil if necessary to restore the original finish to new
It can be spot repaired perfectly and easily.
This is the easiest floor to live with if you have
an active household! (i.e. kids & pets)
It's so good we offer a lifetime warranty against chipping ,peeling or
Woodtone Stains with Durable Top Coats
Woodtone stains add an extra
dimension of color to the finish and enhance the graining and character of
the planks. We use special wiping stains that allow us to control the
penetration and patina of the colors.
Our Stain Colors
*Blackthorn is a dramatic, semi-opaque black finish that showcases the grain and
highlights of the hardwood planks whether top coated with our European
oil or super matte polyurethane. Works best with our long
red oak planks.
From Two Durable Top Coats to Finish Off the Stains
Natural Oil Top Coats -
oil finish over Tavern Brown Stain. This is our best selling finish
This is the most
historic looking flooring we offer. It
yields a more natural looking plank that will show “character marks” and signs of aging more than any other finish.
It is a magnificent recreation of colonial flooring.
The hand rubbed oil and wood tone stain colors
will deepen over time further enhancing the character of the finish.
Almost every floor we've sold for use in
homes over 200 years old has been the oil over tavern brown stain.
Commercial Polyurethane Top Coats -
Matte Poly on Wide Red Oak Planks
Polyurethane - (Basic Streetshoe XL )- is a clear, UV resistant durable
finish. A two-part catalyzed coating, it is one of the best commercial
finishes available anywhere in the world.
It is used extensively in
homes, restaurants, shopping malls, and gymnasiums throughout the world! (It is
the finish used in the US Olympic Training Center and in The Sydney Opera
We offer polyurethane
in Satin or Super Matte (the most historic look in
polyurethane that adds depth with virtually no sheen)
Two coats of polyurethane are hand applied over a coat of catalyzed sealer
to ensure proper adhesion. We also finish all edges, ends and bottoms of
the planks for stability.