Peacock Oil (Low-Odour) Material Safety Data Sheet

Peacock Oil Instructions :

Click on the PDF to download & print instructions.










A unique blend of the world’s finest traditional oils, resins and waxes that together produce a breathable, water-repellent, figure enhancing and grain strengthening finish. Available in 3 shades, all oils can be mixed together as desired to create your own personal shade:

Clear Honey - Enhances the grain whilst maintaining the wood’s natural colour.

Antique Amber - Produces a deeper grain popping finish and effortlessly ages the wood.

Regal Red – Elevates the veins and highlights the grain in darker woods.

Suitable on all woods and for all makers of furniture, turned & carved crafts, instruments, hand tools and gunstocks, this oil is extremely versatile in its usage. A remarkable mixture of proven ingredients dating back to biblical times, Peacock Oil is combined in a new way to create an easy to apply and rewarding finish. Like the peacock unveiling its magnificent plumage, this oil made in our own workshop will reveal the unseen beauty on all of your wooden masterpieces.


What Is Peacock Oil?

Handmade in our own workshop, Skelton Saws Peacock Oil is a wood finish made up of a mixture of traditional oils, resins and waxes, each adding its own special benefit. All ingredients are naturally obtained, mainly from ancient tree species and all have been time proven wood preservatives used by the Egyptians and Ancient Greeks. Both breathable and water-repellent, unlike current commercial finishes, Peacock Oil is built up from below the wood to the surface. A one-stop finishing oil, it can be applied straight to bare wood without the need for any other products. Requiring only a lint-free cotton cloth to apply and a paper towel and 0000 wire wool or equivalent abrasive pad for preparation between coats, application is relatively effortless. Peacock Oil highlights, elevates and reflects the grain within the wood, giving it a sealed and lustrous, yet almost 3D finish that feels silky to the touch.

How It Works

When applied to bare wood the initial application of Peacock Oil penetrates deeply into the wood’s fibres. As the oil is absorbed the wood acts as a natural filter, allowing the thinner oil elements to seep even deeper, thus strengthening the wood. The thicker oils, resins and waxes are also separated in the same way allowing a harder build to the surface. A flexible finish, Peacock oil works ‘at one’ with the wood. Therefore the wood is allowed to breathe and move over time without affecting the finish. There are three different shades of Peacock Oil, but the colour in the oil is naturally sourced and not pigmented. The colour is simply added to subtly elevate and highlight the natural intensity of hues that can be found in figured timbers. Peacock Oil can turn a dull and relatively plain piece of wood into something striking, taking it back to its almost ‘living state’ when it was freshly sawn.


 Before: Bare English Beech                                      After: English Beech in Antique Amber





















Full instructions of how to use can be found on the bottle or you can print this off from our website. However, the first application of oil or the initial ‘wetting’ of the wood if you like is where you achieve the major tonal changes before the colour is locked into the wood. Subsequent coats will allow finish to build level with the surface of the wood and to the desired lustre. Some timbers of course are more porous than others and will absorb more colour. All three shades of Peacock Oil can be used either individually or in unison, therefore allowing you to experiment and create a shade that is desirable to you.

For Example:

Figured woods can firstly have their veins highlighted with the use of ‘Regal Red’ and then one could move on to use ‘Antique Amber’ which brings out a warmth of colours in the wood. Once the desired tone is achieved ‘Clear Honey’ might then be used as a top coat without affecting the colours underneath.


Before: Bare Bubinga                                   After:1st coat in Regal Red, 3 coats in Antique Amber




















Further Benefits

  • Any damaged areas can be easily maintained with a fresh application of oil and without the need of trying to colour match.

  • Natural ingredients within the oil provide protection against fungi, insects, humidity and UV light.

  • Over time the finish will become harder and more resistant to the elements and the colour of the wood will develop further, which is the opposite to how finishes normally work

  • The wood fibres are nourished, making them less brittle and decreasing the chance of the wood splitting.

  • The ingredients used are in their purest form. To enable the oil to harden quicker an additive is introduced, however at just 0.5% this is extremely minimal to the overall volume.

  • It has a natural olde worlde smell reflecting the aged and traditional ingredients that it contains.

Peacock Oil Picture 2.jpg

Material Safety Data Sheet

beech bare.jpg
beech finished.jpg
bubinga bare.jpg
bubinga finished.jpg

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks


Workshop Heaven

Classic Hand Tools

Peacock Oil (Low-Odour) Instructions :

Click on the PDF to download & print instructions.

A luxurious figure enhancing wood finish to be truly proud Of

peacock oil.jpg