Every new product made at StillWater Birch is vigerously tested. They're tested against every day wear, more extreme situations, and kiddos.
The reason I do this is to make sure that what I send you is quality instead of something that will fall apart soon after you buy it. This is also a great way to test out finishes, sealers, and other items that I may have gotten a good tip about.
Take, for example, the coasters that I've been working on and will be put up on the shop in the next two months so keep an eye out! They're super cool looking if I do say so myself. However, I got so many different tips and ideas on the best way to seal a wooden coaster and I wanted to see which ones would hold up to pretty hard use. Think super condensation on water bottles that leave a river flowing from them if unatended.
Safe to say the first attempt did not hold up to my extremes. Though they are holding up amazingly with just basic every day use... just not really to floods of water.
And I get it, drink spills happen, life happens. My goal is to just make sure that the products I sell will last and bring you and your home beauty and peace for a long time.