Why We Say NO to VOCs
You’ve likely heard of VOCs if you’ve ever shopped for paint. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are commonly found in many commercially available petroleum-based household products. In terms of furniture finish, additives such as solvents, hardeners, and driers are commonly used to enhance performance. The problem with VOCs is that they emit hazardous gasses during the application, drying, and sometimes even in their solid state after the finish has dried. These fumes can be harmful and may cause a variety of health problems. A quick online search can provide much more detail than we’ll go into here but the bottom line is that VOCs can cause harm ranging from mild eye irritation to cancer. We say no thanks to that.
For the health and safety of our employees and customers, we use only VOC-free furniture finishes. The brand we use in our shop is made from a pure polymerized Linseed oil. Due to a lack of chemical driers and hardeners, this oil finish takes longer to dry and cure, but the high-quality oil brings out the natural beauty of the wood like nothing else.