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Bernie Weishapl
08-24-2011, 11:54 AM
We have been on the road a lot the last few months and I have met several turners along the way. I saw a finish the other day that turner used from Lee Valley. He said it was actually Sutherland-Welles Tung Oil in a Lee Valley container. It is the Polymerized Tung Oil. I went to SW website and did a lot of reading on it. The bowls and HF's he used it on looked great and it did let the grain show really well. It also had a soft feel to it and he said it doesn't darken over time like linseed oil tends to do. He said it really works well on salad bowls as it is water, alcohol, food acid, etc. resist. He showed me some salad bowls he and his wife had used for 3 yrs or so a couple of times a week that still looked really good.

He said he has just got in and tried the Millies All Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil with citrus-derived solvent and beeswax which sounds like T & T but with Tung Oil. He said it is non-toxic and has only did a couple of bowls with it so no long term sense of how it will hold up. He said he did like how it applies.

Has anyone used this Lee Valley finish or the Milles Penetrating Tung Oil and what are your thoughts on it? Thanks.

John Keeton
08-24-2011, 12:33 PM
As I recall, the LV polymerized tung oil is Leo Van Der Loo's "go to" finish for all his work.

Bernie Weishapl
08-24-2011, 10:53 PM
Thanks John. I PM'd Leo. I hope all is ok because I haven't seen him on in a good long while.