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Hemp Shield Creates "New" Wood From Old Scrap
During a summer home renovation project, removing an old concrete wall left a stairway exposed and in need of a bannister.
Using on-hand materials to minimize cost — pressure treated 4X4's, and both Douglas Fir and Redwood lumber — the result was a railing that was sturdy, but mis-matched and unfinished in appearance. That was when the contractor chose Hemp Shield to protect and beautify his work.
"The bannister was solid as a rock, but it looked like it was slapped together, with some wood stained from treatment, some new, some old," the builder related.
"I'd used Hemp Shield before, and it was just what the property owner wanted — safe, long lasting protection, and a rich, clean color that didn't hide the grain. The color tied the whole thing together, and it made that scrap wood look new."
Spring Inspires Outdoor Projects With Hemp Shield
As Spring's sunny days warm the land from California to Wisconsin, homeowners are using Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer to protect and beautify outdoor wood on a variety of construction projects.
When the spring sun brought its warmth to Central California, Stanley finished his cedar deck and recycled barnwood rolling bar with the "Chestnut" shade of Hemp Shield.
In Prescott Wisconsin (below), Holly and her sons Jonah and Flynn enjoy the May sunshine while pre-finishing 2 X 4 planks with "Chestnut" Hemp Shield for a new structure.
Non-toxic, eco-friendly Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer contains no cancer causing agents or volatile organic compounds (VOC's), and does not contain any of the 280+ substances listed by the EPA as hazardous air pollutants (HAP's). Hemp Shield can be used with minimal safeguards and cleans up with soap and water.
Hemp Shield Restores Luster To Historic Resort's Wood
The Telemark Resort and Convention Center in Cable, Wisconsin chose Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer™ as the primary wood finish for a complete renovation of the main lodge.
Historic Telemark Resort and Convention Center, the largest nordic ski area in northwestern Wisconsin, had seen better days. The lodge is impressively clad in old growth tounge-and-groove cedar paneling, with massive exposed supporting beams and delicate framing around 2-story floor-to-ceiling windows. Even casual areas like the Guest's Laundry are cedar paneled in the 'board-and-bat' style of the American Frontier. However, over 50 years of continuous use had left their mark. Years of accumulated dust and smoke, and the residue of repeated cleaning had left the once lustrous finish dull and lifeless, the wood's rich tones and complex grains hidden from Telemark's guests.
Then in 2011, the resort's management committed to a total restoration and upgrade of the lodge, as well as new world class Nordic ski trails and other facilities to compliment Telemark's status as the official American Berkibeiner Nordic Course. As part of the makeover, the resort staff chose Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer™ to bring new life to their treasured cedar paneling.
Telemark's staff was introduced to Hemp Shield™ by Ken Anderson, owner of Original Green Distribution, Hemp Shield's leading commercial distributor. Original Green Distribution supplied Telemark with Hemp Shield™ products and advised on application techniques for the restoration.
Telemark Resort's Managing General Partner, Ric Ahern, spoke about their experience:
"Telemark Resort in Northern Wisconsin recently started a renovation of our main lodge building. We researched wood finishes and sealers that would provide a lasting and economical solution for our cedar interior and exterior surfaces. We also wanted a product that was chemical-free and easy to apply.
"We ordered 200 gallons of Hemp Shield™. We found the application to be easy and the coverage to be greater than expected.
"All of our expectations were exceeded. We will continue to use Hemp Shield™ as we refinish the exterior of the lodge and look forward to working with Hemp Shield™."
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Wood Sculpture Gets New Life Sealed With Hemp Shield
David Gonzales, an artist/sculptor in Manitou Springs, Colorado, had a talent — and a problem.
Carving logs, stumps, and even whole trees in the dry climate of the Colorado Rockies, his finished works often suffered severe cracking. A life-long sensitivity to the volatile chemicals found in major brand wood sealers lead David to Hemp Shield™ when a major commission — a pine tree carved top to bottom — began to crack.
"I have been carving for many years, and I am extremely sensitive to toxins and smells. I carve with electric chainsaws and I only work with earth-friendly paints and sealants, which is what first interested me in Hemp Shield™.
"I was hired to carve a 17 foot pine tree with a hawk, 4 raccoons, and 2 bears. In Colorado the weather is dry and it is typical of pine to crack as I am working, which is what occurred while carving this particular commissioned piece.
"Hoping to find a product that would penetrate the wood deeply and curb the cracking,I decided that I would go out on a limb and try something new — Hemp Shield™. After I painted the carving, there were numerous cracks throughout the piece. I began to apply the Hemp Shield™ and noticed that the cracks began to close up. I have never seen a wood sealer work in this way and I have tried many that are on the market today.
"The person who hired me to do the carving was ecstatic because the Hemp Shield™ rectified 95% of the cracks in the wood. I called several months later to see if there were any cracks occurring within the wood and there were none. This astonished me because usually some cracking does occur, especially outdoors in the hot sun. Since then, I have ordered several gallons for my wood carving projects. On so many levels, I am utterly impressed with how well Hemp Shield™ works."
47 Year Old Cedar Siding Renewed With Hemp Shield
Paul Petock sealed and colored his home's siding with Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer™ last year. This is his Hemp Shield™experience:
"I own a custom built house overlooking the McKenzie river in Oregon. The
house is sided with 1'' thick cedar. I was looking for a product to reseal and stain the
"The house was built in 1964 and has not been stained from its
construction. After much research I went with Hemp Shield™ with a chestnut color.
"I was surprised how well the product covered the weathered wood, and happy how
little it took to cover the entire house. It was also a simple clean up with soap and
water. I like your product so well I will be using the clear on my interior redwood walls.
"Thanks Hemp Shield™."
Teak companionway doors on a custom built Dutch Staten yatch are shown in the process of receiving a coat of "Clear" Hemp Shield Wood Finish and Deck Sealer™.
An Original Installer's Hemp Shield Experience
Installer — Barry B., Veneta, Oregon
Application Date — August 28, 2010
"Our deck is cedar, 20 years old, with no cover. Painting is my least favorite home maintenance job, so the deck hasn't been treated in about 10 years."
"When I started putting on the Hemp Shield, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to apply. The deck wood was so dry it sucked up the Hemp Shield like a sponge. Like I said, I'm not much of a painter, so there were plenty of drips and splashes, especially from the railings. Even after a half hour of sitting, the drips, splashes and other mistakes, like where I walked on wet boards, disappeared completely when I went over them with the Hemp Shield. Even though I put it on during a hot summer day there were no overlap marks from the roller."
"Other things I like about Hemp Shield is it barely changed the wood's color — what I expect from a product sold as "clear" — and when it rained last week the deck wasn't slippery at all. Also, the cleanup was about the easiest I've had painting. I hardly needed soap, except to make sure the brushes and roller were completely cleaned."
Additional Comments — August, 2011
“After a year of exposure to Willamette Valley weather, Hemp Shield is still protecting
my deck. The best thing I've noticed long term is that the deck is not slippery when
wet, a big problem with every other deck sealer that I've used."
Additional Comments — August, 2012
"After two years, the single coat Hemp Shield is working fine. Because of the fir needles and rain, with every other deck sealer I've used, I'd be thinking about re-coating the whole deck. And it's still not slippery."
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