Refinishing my waxed-cotton raincoats

I am a huge fan of using this brush to spread Otter wax all over my favorite raincoats.

As temperatures drop its time to get ready for the wet. It has certainly already arrived elsewhere. One of my two waxed-cotton coats was leaking last winter. The sleeve started to absorb water instead of beading.

Heating up the wax and lightly brushing it on is cathartic. The results look better than spraying on Nikwax and last a lot longer. I also think the thicker wax helps protect the fabric, the Nikwax goes on near invisibly and the wax is a barrier.

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Spray on wax cotton waterproofing saves the day

All the rain wore through the layer of wax on my favorite raincoat. Nikwax spray-on wax proofing is great for a quick fix. Read the rest

Watch this very satisfying candle-carving artisan at work

Anyone who was a hippie or who grew up knowing a hippie or two probably saw these intricate carved candles here and there. They eventually went mainstream in the 1970s, like macramé. Read the rest

Watch these super satisfying wax sealing compilations

There's something very delightful about pressing a nice metal stamp into perfectly cooled wax. The YouTubers at Calligraphy Masters gathered up some of their favorites. Read the rest

Unicorn candle holder cries colorful waxy tears when lit

This nifty crying unicorn candle comes with three colorful wax rainbow horns. Light the horn, and tears of joy start to flow from the unicorn's eyes: Read the rest

Artisans revive the polissoir, a nearly-forgotten woodworking tool

André Roubo's series on carpentry called L'Art du Menuisier mentions a polissior, a small device made of broom straw for polishing wood. In the two centuries since Roubo's book, the device had faded from memory until a couple of years ago, when Don Williams recreated one from an illustration in Roubo's book. It turned out to work amazingly well. Read the rest

The much easier way to re-proof waxed cotton

I have spent a lot of time running a bar of wax over my Belstaff jacket. No longer, now I use spray on Nikwax.

Every now and then my waxed cotton jacket needs a touch up. Nikwax is about 1000x easier to use than a solid or cream wax. You liberally spray this on, rub it in and let it dry. I find it has a pleasant, not noxious scent.

There are two colors: green and neutral. Make sure you check the label, although green will work fine on black. It is a very light tint and won't show through, at least on my ancient jacket.

California's recent rains show this stuff not only goes on easy, but works well.

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