We prefer using a clear finish to highlight each wood slab’s natural colours. For dark woods, we use walnut and for light, we use maple, ash, oak or other naturally light wood types. We do stain occasionally when the colours requested are unnatural wood hues, like grays, whitewash and even blues or purples. When we do stain, we use ash as it’s the lightest amongst local species, has great durability and colour absorbency.