Wood and Leather: Projects, Tips and News. March/April 2014 Edition
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News & Tips
March/April 2014

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Thank you for signing up for our monthly newsletter and for your interest in our products. Our newsletter features valuable tips on wood and leather care as well as discounts, promotions, and new products you won't want to miss.

Have you shopped our new and improved website? Its user-friendly navigation makes it easier to locate the information you need and the products for your wood and leather needs.  It also contains additional technical information and step-by-step guides on treating wood and leather.  Click here to browse.

We hope you are having a wonderful Spring!
- The Preservation Solutions Team

Wood Treatment Question:

Will the Bark Stay on my Wood?

Many of us woodworkers have come across the perfect piece of green wood that has a beautiful ring of bark or natural edge of bark that we want keep intact. This is particularly popular with cross-cut sections, "cookies" or slabs.

Preserving the bark on your wood can be a challenge. The best bet to ensure the bark will not fall off is to cut the tree during the dormant period in the winter when the sap has stopped running and the wood has hardened off. The bark is more adhered to the wood because sugar is not running through the sap edge.

Stabilizing the wood with Pentacryl and/or Wood Juice will also help to keep the bark on, as it reduces the shrinkage of the wood and prevents the wood from pulling away from the bark.

This piece of maple was cut in the New England area in the late fall and treated with Pentacryl. After 6 years, the bark still remains intact and snug to the wood.
This stack of Lodge Pole pine logs in Colorado were cut in early December – the perfect time of year for making rustic, bark-edge "cookies".

Leather Rejuvenator:

When to Use this Leather Conditioner

Yes, Preservation Solutions offers several types of leather conditioners.  It can be confusing knowing which one to use.  When deciding, the first question we always ask our customers is: “What type of condition is your leather in?”  This will dictate which product you need.  See, each piece of leather is unique in how it was originally tanned and how it has been cared for over the years.  So that means a product should be used to meet the needs of your particular piece of leather.   Because each leather article is different, there is no “catch all” conditioner that can be used across the board.

Our Leather Rejuvenator conditioner is specifically formulated to treat leather that is in “tuff” shape.  Examples would be leather that is extremely dry, stiff, hard, and not flexible, or leather that is heavily damaged due to water, extreme cold or extreme heat.

Leather Rejuvenator will replace the oils in the leather that have been lost over the years due to environmental factors, or from poor tanning.  This means many antique leather articles can be restored to their original suppleness.

There is a point when leather has been “cooked”, meaning that it has reached high temperatures beyond what it can handle, and the oils have hardened.  When this happens, the Leather Rejuvenator will help, but the leather may remain stiff.

This late 18th century leather shoe was excavated from a sunken river boat and treated with Leather Rejuvenator. After 2 applications, the hard, stiff leather was restored to soft and suppleness.
Leather Rejuvenator was used to restore the oils lost in the leather from this antique shot pouch.
Leather Rejuvenator is safe for the leather as it does not contain silicone, neatsfoote oil, sulphur or petroleum products which will harm the leather over time.  This makes it popular with museums and restoration specialists.  Of course, this product is too strong to use as a regular conditioner for dry items that are in good condition - such as furniture, car seats or leather garments – so, use our Leather Saver for these items.

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is committed to providing outstanding quality products for the care and restoration of wood and leather. We do this by offering our customers the highest quality non-toxic solutions that are safe for them and the items they are treating.

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From the Blog:

Tips for Treating Mold on Wood

Occasionally, your wood may contract mold during the drying process or from being stored prior to stabilizing – especially when the humidity level is high in your area. 
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Q&A: Pentacryl and Polyurethane

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