American Heirlooms - December 2018

Regardless of why you chose to add a custom piece of furniture to your home, the piece was designed by a craftsman who put time and care into it, so you’ll want to preserve that effort. These pieces are special, but in the real world they will experience wear and tear over the years. To prevent damage, use these simple tips to preserve your new, cherished piece of furniture. When you first get your custompiece, follow proper preventative care to extend its life. Our shop’s pieces feature high-quality catalyzed finishes on all painted or stained furniture pieces. For the first three months only cover or protect table top surfaces while using the furniture. The finish should be uncovered to allow the finish to fully cure. As needed you can clean the furniture with a warm, soapy, damp cloth. Then dry it with a separate soft, clean cloth to enjoy the fresh sparkle! Polish infrequently. Avoid furniture polish or wood treatment for the first six months. After that, use non-silicone and non-citrus polish such as Guardsman Furniture Polish. Over time, your custom piece will become a fixture in your home, and like other parts of your home, it will require regular care and cleaning to maintain the style and sheen. If your furniture gets a food or drink

spill, use a warm, soapy, damp cloth to clean the surface. But no need to panic! The finish we use will repel water for up to an hour or so without permanent marking. To give your furniture the best chance of long-term survival in your home, protect it from extremes of temperature and humidity . Our shop uses solid wood in our custom pieces. This is a natural fiber which is susceptible to overheating, sunlight, and high or low humidity. The wood will expand or shrink with the seasons, and too high or too low humidity can damage pieces over time. Set your house humidity at 30-40%. Lower or higher will result in the wood moving and possibly cracking. Be wary of extreme heat or sun exposure, as both can discolor finish or darken wood. Keep your custom furniture in a dry place in your home, away from stoves, heaters, heater ducts, or large windows, and use pads, coasters, or potholders to protect surfaces. Furthermore, teach children and pets not to chew, hit, or play on the furniture, and keep your custom pieces in a secure area when training that new puppy. Preserving your custom furniture with proper maintenance and cleaning methods can be simple. To learn more, or to add a new custom piece to your home, call our shop at 302-653-2411.

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2 pounds fresh chestnuts, unpeeled

2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste

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2–3 sprigs rosemary 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Heat oven to 450 F. 2. Place a large sheet of foil on a rimmed baking sheet.

3. On a large, flat workspace, place chestnuts flat side down. Using a sharp knife, carve an X on the rounded side of each chestnut. 4. In a large bowl of hot water, soak chestnuts for 1 minute. 5. Pat dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Add rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Toss to coat and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Gather the edges of the foil together, leaving an opening at the top.

6. Roast until peels curl up, about 30–45 minutes. 7. Transfer to a platter and serve while hot or warm.

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