Our Story

Sustainable, Natural & Earth-Friendly Polymerized Tung Oil Wood Finishes.

Long before it was politically correct to claim to be “green”, Frank Sutherland Welles founded a company formulating with a 100% pure Tung oil product from its beginning in 1967.

Frank’s commitment to providing wood with a nourishing, renewing treatment and working with a natural product was visionary. It has been the foundation of our business that has produced beautiful wood in homes, businesses and public spaces for over four decades! The legacy of sustainable products, formulated with as low toxicity as possible, has been at the core of our corporate values and vision and will remain so.

Our Green Process

Sustainably Grown Raw Tung Oil

We wish we could say that it could be grown here in Vermont, but the truth is we can’t even grow it in the United States. Our raw Tung Oil is shipped in from China believing their products to be superior to those grown in South America.

Inbound & Outbound Shipments

Tung Oil, solvent, boxes, and cans are coordinated by the Sutherland Welles team to minimize the carbon impact.


We purchase our cans from a company that uses recyled metal, which means less metal in the landfill!

Recycled & Reused Shipping & Handling

Our cardboard boxes and bubble wrap are made from partially recycled materials. We use biodegradable packing peanuts.