Fine woodwork needs to be finished to avoid staining and warping, but our furniture feels raw and fresh off the carver’s table. When you’re investing in beautiful, painstakingly selected wood, it’s a crime to slather it in plastic. At Millicent, our wood sourcing and our pursuit of even tonality and quality finishing is an evolving process. We are constantly evaluating our sources and refining our finishes to match the best available material.
Our cottonwood and walnut lumber is procured one tree at a time. We purchase felled trees from an Amish family in Minnesota. Milled specifically for our use, the premium lumber is brought down to Southern Colorado where it is dried in small kilns for 3 months. When it finally arrives in Santa Fe, our clear, blemish free, stable wood is ready to be painstakingly transformed into distinct works of furniture that will last generations.
Our cottonwood is finished in a clear, matte finish to show off its bright, natural glow. Sugar pine, procured locally, is the regional, historic classic with its distinctive grain and honey tones. After a light stain to even out color variations, our pine is finished with a matte topcoat. Our walnut is stained very lightly and finished with an eggshell topcoat to highlight the carving on our designs.