|Review by Ian W||posted 07-23-2011 09:39 PM||4737 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
I couple of weeks ago I bought a quart of Homestead House Hemp Oil Wood Finish in Toronto Ontario mostly as an experiment. Hemp oil was new to me but the sales person promoted it as a locally grown alternative to Tung Oil. I have been very pleased with the hemp oil.
Initially the Hemp Oil was used as a rubbed on finish on some raw wood. It was easy to work with, and easy to clean up and smelled nice. The resulting finish was a gentle semi-gloss shine that high lighted the grain of the wood nicely.
Next I used it on top of Milk Paint. The milk paint I was using gave me good colour but it was absolutely flat, after rubbing a sock damped with a bit of Hemp Oil over the milk paint I again I had very pleasant semi-gloss finish.
The final use, lately was as a cutting board finish. Hemp Oil is tasteless and food safe, and best of all it makes the grain pop wonderfully. The added bonus is the cutting board owner can refresh their used board with any sort of vegetable oil later and their is no worry about compatibility.
What I will have to see is how the finish stands up over time and how well it stores. I have been assured that it will not go rancid like walnut oil or develop a skin like Tung Oil. Time will tell. At this point I am very happy with the product and will soon have to buy more.
-- any time in the wood shop is GOOD TIME