Tried & True wood finishes were first manufactured in 1992 by a man named Joe Robson. Joe, a professional cabinet maker, tinkered with the finish from his own wood shop for many years before settling on the current Tried & True formula. His goal was to make the highest quality wood finish that was both environmentally friendly and safe for skin and food contact.

Joe believes there is a reason that certain wood finishing techniques last over hundreds of years. By studying the old Shaker woodworking techniques from the 18th century, he focused on using polymerized linseed oils, the byproduct from flax seeds. This technique highlights the natural beauty of the wood while hardening over time. Instead of thinning the product down with solvents and heavy metal driers, Joe wanted to keep it natural, using only products that can be found in nature to formulate the finish.

Joe applies finish

Since it’s creation, Tried & True has developed a following in the professional woodworking world. Tried & True has a superior coverage rate (1000 square feet per gallon), is safe for food, and lasts for a long time. Joe believes if you spend so much time working on a woodworking project, you should use a finish that highlights your work rather than covering it up.

Joe silhouette in shop 2

20 years later, FBC purchased Tried & True wood finishes from Joe. After many years of building the business up, Joe was ready to retire and spend more time on his passion — violins and violin varnishes. FBC, a family owned corporation, supplied raw materials to Joe for years, and that business relationship turned into a friendship.

We are excited to take the reins and keep to the same quality and values as Joe. With the formulas remaining unchanged, we are dedicated to providing a safe, all natural wood finish that has been time-tested and proven—it’s Tried & True!