C&R Woodworks is a partnership team of two retirees with a passion for woodworking and over 20 years of combined experience. All of our items are handcrafted in our home based shops from logs that we are able to gather from the Memphis area.
For decorative items there is really no extra care required. For bowls that are used for food items, a light rinse with water and then a towel dry is the best way to help them maintain their look and durability. Avoid submerging the bowl in water. After repeated uses, you may need to apply a light coat of mineral oil to help keep the wood from drying out just as you would with any other wooden utensil or cutting board in your kitchen.
Most of our products are finished with a natural walnut oil finish. Some may have a light polyurethane or shellac finish applied where we feel it can enhance the particular look or feel of the wood. While most of our items are primarily for decorative purposes, all of our bowls can be considered food-safe with the proper care and attention.
Beware of standing water and bright light! Do not let woodenware sit in water, do not clean them in the dishwasher, and do not let wet ingredients sit on the wood overnight. Water will over-moisturize wooden items and may lead to splintering or splitting along the grain. Direct sunlight will dry them out and may lighten the wood. Wood is best stored in a cool, dry cupboard or on a shelf or counter away from direct light.
We pay close attention to the wood we select and how we cut it, the aging process, and the moisture content to help ensure that our items are as stable as possible. Depending on the environment and type of wood, items can sometimes slightly change shape or even develop a small crack.
As we say in our shop, in spite of our best efforts, wood will sometimes do what it wants to do. We consider this part of the natural aging and character process for a handcrafted wood item. We do want you to be happy with your purchase for many years to come, so please feel free to contact us should you have a concern.