Finishes There is nothing more pedantic in the field of furniture making than finish. The finish of a piece is not just the decorative and protective coating, but the hours of work that goes into smoothing each furniture component, unless it is for outdoor woodwork and then Nature pre- fers a rough finish. Jeremy Broun has always considered what is appropriate for the material and the function of the piece. Oak can take an oli whereas ash may be better suited to a varnish or lacquer. Usually Jeremy avoids a high gloss finish al- though an acoustic guitar looks better with such a finish but generally the wood grain in a piece is enhanced by using a matt finish. Usually Jeremy advises clients not to apply a wax as despite its smell and the traditional feeling it evokrs, it actually attracts dirt in open grained timbers.