It’s hard to imagine a correlation between fingernail polish, World War II and high-quality woodworking finishing products, but that’s how Briwax International got its start. Briwax has a very unique history to say the least.
As the smoke was still clearing from post-war England, Jack Bollom—an entrepreneurial Brit—and his buddy were deciding how to transition from being soldiers to businessmen. The two set out to manufacture women’s fingernail polish in England, but while the dyes and pigments were available, the country was fresh out of acetone. So much for fingernail polish. Instead, they bought linseed oil, set up shop in an old barn and started churning out a line of brightly colored house paints. The paint turned out to provide such a visual, emotional lift during the reconstruction of England, that the Bollom Group flourished. As time passed, the company branched out into coatings for the film and textile industries, as well as fire-retardant paints.
Then, in 1961, Bollom purchased Henry Flack Ltd., a manufacturer of natural waxed-based wood coatings, and Briwax was born. To this day, the Briwax product line is still manufactured exclusively in the U.K., but its proud reputation and premium product offerings have of course spread worldwide.
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In fact, Briwax products carry the Royal Warrant—the Queen of England’s highest seal of approval for quality and The Old World Master Craftsmen Seal. Two of Jack Bollom’s sons still own the company and, since 2007, have focused its energies entirely on developing and expanding Briwax woodworking products.
Professional wood craftsmen, refinishers, remodellers, conservators, flooring contractors and antiques dealers use Briwax furniture finishes, cleaners and wood dyes in thier work. But, for those homeowners and do-it-yourselfers who want only the best wax and woodcare products in the world for their fine collectibles and antiques, Briwax is their choice also. You won’t find Briwax sold in “big box” chain stores here in the States.
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