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Peacock Oil 100ml Kit

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1 x Peacock Oil - Antique Amber 100ml   +£0.00
1 x Peacock Oil - Regal Red 100ml   +£0.00
1 x Peacock Oil - Clear Honey 100ml   +£0.00

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Peacock Oil 100ml Kit


Handmade in Yorkshire by Shane Skelton of Skelton Saws, Peacock Oil is quite unlike any other wood finishing oil I have ever used. The traditional recipe comes from Shane’s previous career making and finishing stocks for fine English handmade guns, it is exactly the same stuff that Shane uses on his saw handles.  

The rich blend of natural oils, waxes and resins has been developed and perfected over generations and handed down along with many other skills, techniques and recipes through the process of apprenticeship. It takes time to prepare, some of the ingredients need to be steeped for a couple of weeks prior to use, but no shortcuts are taken – this is the real deal.

A natural oil finish is water repellent, yet breathable, repairable / maintainable, and penetrates deep into the surface, strengthening the fibres and allowing light to enter, refract and reflect - enhancing the natural figure of the wood.

The three shades of Peacock oil intensify and enhance specific shades within the timber, they are not dyes as such, and the effect will vary from one species to another. All the oils have a darkening effect that accompanies the initial explosion of figure referred to as the ‘pop’, once this effect is established clear honey can be built up to a full finish with minimal further change to the tone. Using the other two shades, the tonal change can be steered and fine-tuned as consecutive coats are applied.

Waxy or resinous woods like rosewood or cherry won’t take on much colour at all, so clear honey throughout is the best choice for these, but on drier more powdery woods the colour effect is more pronounced. Regal red will bring out new depths of figure in darker timbers like walnut or elm, while antique amber accentuates and enriches the browns and golds of species like oak, lacewood or beech. It will also, if you can resist the temptation to sand them first, bring back the hidden patina of old dry wooden surfaces.

Peacock oil can be used in many different ways.
Four coats applied at 15 minute intervals and left to cure before applying a hard wax polish gives the classic wax over oil finish often associated with arts and crafts furniture.
Peacock oil can be wet sanded, or used with pore fillers like rottenstone or pumice, to level the surface of porous timbers as a base to French polishing or building into a full deep gloss hand rubbed oil finish.  

As with all penetrating finishes it is important to apply at least the first coat to the entire outer surface of the timber in order to avoid distortion, so don’t forget the undersides of table tops and chair seats.

This kit comprises:

  • 1 bottle Regal Red 100ml
  • 1 bottle Antique Amber 100ml
  • 1 bottle Clear Honey 100ml

Regular price of these if purchased separately: £42.00

Customer Reviews

Written by: Lataxe
Does a lot with very little; and quickly.
I've used Liberon Spirit Dye then Finishing Oil followed by their wax for a long time. It all does a good job of colouring, coating and shining a wood surface although it takes a while and can require some fine sanding work between the various coats. I thought I'd give this Peacock oil a go; and added some rottenstone to try as a grain filler rather than a polishing agent. What a revelation! The Peacock oil requires very little indeed to make a complete finish. 3 coats establishes not just quite a sheen but also a lot of colour, depending on the particular version employed. Already it's replacing the Spirit Dye and Finishing Oil with just one product. Moreover, it dries in 15 minutes ready for the next coat. Finishing Oil takes hours. The final "look" also gives deep lustre with no wax yet applied. I presume this is the resins within the Peacock oil. In summary: a little goes a very long way; it can have multiple coats applied quickly; it contains it's own colouring which is very effective; it leaves a beautiful final finish. Oh, and it does well with rottenstone sprinkled on the surface first as a grain filler, with the very small-pore open grain of walnut and mahogany at least. I've yet to try it with the larger pits of oak.
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