The history of beeswax throughout history is really fascinating and I am not pollen your leg.
Thanks for learning more about our Beeswax polish. Beeswax has had many incredible uses throughout history ranging from lost-wax casting fine jewelry molds, filling in deep wounds and coating stitches, sealing and stamping written letters, and even embalming mummies and sealing sarcophagus’s.
But in our opinion, the most fascinating use case has to do with its ancient uses as a waterproofing agent. The Egyptians used beeswax and linen fibers to seal large gaps in their ships, dating back to 3000 B.C! They also used beeswax to provide water repellency to their sails on their sailboats to protect their performance from ocean sprays.
Since the Egyptians pioneered these properties of beeswax, beeswax has been used by countless other civilizations.
Today beeswax is still used as a natural waterproofing finish for many types of furniture. It is used to restore and preserve ancient wooden pieces and also as a modern eco friendly finish for new pieces.
We use beeswax because we like it. We like the feel, and how it helps to express the beautiful woods grains as well as its texture. Because beeswax is absorbed into the wood rather than polyurethane which forms a complete barrier layer on top of the wood, a beeswax finish actually allows you to interact with and feel the actual wood.
To apply our initial beeswax finish we use an extra fine steel wool mesh and warm beeswax. The steel wool helps to both polish the surface to a smooth feel and to help the beeswax penetrate.
Additional layers of Beeswax can be applied as desired. We recommend semi-annual reapplication, however you can reapply as often as needed or desired.
Please understand that because of beeswax’s natural properties there are some distinct differences between this finish and our polyurethane finish and it is not for everyone.
Beeswax works by being absorbed into the wood and helping to create a barrier within the wood.
Polyurethane on the other hand actually creates a layer on top of the wood. This creates a complete layer barrier surrounding the wood.
For maximum durability, scratch resistance, and water durability, polyurethane takes the crown. However for a natural, 0 VOC (volatile organic compound) finish, that provides nourishment and protection to wood as well as some water repellency, beeswax wins. Beeswax is a beautiful, easy to maintain finish that can protect a wooden piece for literally centuries.
Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions about this finish!