Having long been an aficionado of oil
finishes, both as a complete finish "out of the can" and as a basis for a brightly buffed finish, I am always keen to try new options - though not easily convinced to change my "favoured brew". For the Drechsleroel
from Steinert I am happy to make an exception.
This oil finishes to an excellent satin sheen after just three coats. It is durable and, being colourless, will not alter the colour of the underlying timber.
It will certainly enrich the colours present in the timber but it will not alter or mask them. It dries quickly and goes on easily with a safety cloth or - my preferred method for coats #2 and
beyond - with a piece of Nyweb. Unlike many oils it also has a pleasant odour and does not leave your hand feeling unduly sticky and unpleasant after use. It is made completely from natural ingredients and
meets the German DIN EN71 standard for toy safety. I have adopted this one as my finish of choice.
Steinert also offer an oil finish of a similar type developed specifically for woodcarvings. The idea of this oil is to keep the wood looking attractive
as it progressively metamorphoses into the truly weathered, silvered timber that we all admire so much in outdoor locations. These characteristics also make it an excellent choice for the preservation of
garden furniture. Like its stable-mate, above, this oil is also made wholly from natural ingredients and meets the toy safety standard. At last - one for the carvers! About time too! (By the way, the name - "Drachenoel"
translates as Dragon Oil, so if Puff the Magic Dragon is one of your friends, then this may work to stop his joints creaking or even to prolong his life.)