Stains & Finishes
What are OCS Stains?
The use of OCS (Ohio Certified Stains) is an important standard used by most Amish furniture craftsmen. Stains of the same OCS number are identical in color, meaning consumers can buy matching pieces years later with confidence. Although all are of high-quality, OCS stains are formulated by a number of different suppliers, so competition still exists, keeping prices low.
All of our furniture is available in a variety of finishes. Below is a general glossary of terms. If you have questions, call us, we'll gladly help.
Catalyzed Varnish is recommended by most Amish craftsmen because it provides a high degree of protection, is easy to maintain, and enhances the appearance of stained wood. Catalyzed varnish is formulated from resins, pigments and solvents and can be cleaned simply by using a non-abrasive damp cloth followed by a dry one.
Hand-Rubbed Oil and Wax are no longer recommended by most Amish craftsmen, but are still available for matching with older furniture. Oil and wax finishes dent and scratch easier than catalyzed varnish, but can be easy to repair.
Sheen efers to the luster or shine of the finish. The words “sheen” and “gloss” are often used interchangeably. You can specify the level of sheen. A medium sheen is ideal for enhancing the natural beauty of a wood’s grain and stain color.
Distressing is a specialized finishing technique to deliberately make wood looked aged. Depending on the artisan, the distressing process may involve hitting the wood with hammers, chains or other objects. This produces pitting, worm holes and other random characteristics usually associated with antiques.
Burnishing, Glazing and Rub-Throughs are custom finishing techniques used to add character and an aged look. These techniques are often combined with distressing to give new furniture a country, period, or antique appearance.