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Walrus Oil creates a variety of material finishes and body care products, all while helping to confront climate change through social enterprise and the reforestation of trees and sea kelp. Walrus Oil has made a name for itself in the woodworking community, and sustainably manufactures wood finishes and leather care, along with a recent expansion into skin protection needs. Producing household essentials that give back to nature without the usual garbage – these planet-based, synthetic-free products are manufactured in the US. Walrus Oil has something for every project, from new builds to furniture restoration, cutting board oils, leather maintenance, and skincare products designed to endure the brutal winters of the north.
Walrus Oil is committed to planting trees for the long-term health of the planet. With wood finishes as their primary business, and logging essential for woodworking, this is a solution to not only replace the trees cut down for woodworking – but to create a surplus. Further, Walrus Oil is committed to planting sea kelp for its ability to absorb carbon at an incredibly fast rate. While trees can take nearly 50 years to reach maturity, sea kelp can grow a foot per day, pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it deep into the ocean floor within the first year of being planted. As such, a portion of every product sold supports the National Forest Foundation and Seatrees, with all giving verified by 1% For The Planet.
How did they go from making wood finishes, to lip balm, and everything in between?
The foundation of everything Walrus Oil does is trees and our commitment to making clean and safe products.
After one hell of a childhood riddled with years of health complications, Dave Darr graduates from college in 2009 and moves to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the kayaking and cycling-friendly community. He refinishes antique furniture in his free time and starts experimenting with unique and natural ingredients that could be used as a wood finish. A few years later Dave relocates to the Ozarks and starts a commercial woodshop supplying tables and cutting boards to restaurants made from locally sourced timber from the Ozark Mountains. Noticing a lack of food-safe wood finishes in the marketplace with transparent ingredients, he also begins bottling and selling his time-tested wood finish recipes. He called it "Walrus Oil", the name loosely inspired by the large mustache he was known for.
Walrus Oil's initial market tests were very positive, but after a few short months demand unexpectedly explodes, thanks in part to a lot of happy customers sharing their experiences on social media. Quickly becoming a full-time job, Dave starts acquiring industrial brewing equipment. The following year Walrus Oil is featured in the world's largest woodworking magazine, Wood Magazine, and is picked up by the largest woodworking store chain in the USA, Rockler Woodworking. These milestones help establish Walrus Oil as a household name in the woodworking community across North America. Over the following years, new wood finishes are released and new product categories are tackled. Walrus Oil also begins exporting internationally.
After frequent travels to Montana and Wyoming in the dead of winter, the region was adopted as a second home by Dave. Using his brewing equipment and the same quality standards, he creates Logger's Lip Balm and Logger's Hand Salve, a 100% plant-based skincare line formulated to keep your skin moisturized and protected in the harsh conditions of the Northern Rockies. A line of leather care products were also created to help keep duck boots and leather goods better protected while hiking or working the old logging roads.
Walrus Oil continues to forge a legacy of creating much needed tools, handcrafted by people who truly care about the environment as much as the product itself.
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