Forged ARTolley Disclaimer – PLEASE READ.
To avoid excessive warping or cracking after you receive your order, place your it in a cool environment (64-73 degrees F) with a relative humidity of 38-45% and a little bit of air movement is said to be ideal for wood objects in general. Change thermostat settings gradually as the seasons change. A sudden change in temperature or humidity is the worst thing possible as moisture will be sucked out of or pushed into the material far too quickly causing tension inside it the wood fibers. Excess heat and dryness can even cause cracking and splitting. Avoid extremely hot plates and excessive water allowed to stand for long periods of time. It is also important to remember that placing your piece in front of a window in direct sunlight can dry out your piece and cause cracking and splits!
The main causes of damage to wooden designs are careless handling and environmental conditions. Again, keep in mind that movement, just as small cracks in the surface of your live edge furniture piece is normal and part of the nature of the wood. You may notice lifting or cracking of the epoxy or resin fills; this is from the natural movement of the wood and it normal and not covered under warranty. Movement/small cracking around the pith (center) of the tree, knots and natural imperfections in the wood is normal.
Light is a natural enemy of all organic materials; it is especially harmful for wood because the damage is cumulative (meaning it gets worse over time) and therefore irreversible. Sunlight can turn light woods dark and bleach out dark woods. Also, it is important NOT to place hot mugs or plates directly on the wood surface as it may mark the finish. Sunlight will affect the finish of the surface, leaving it discolored, cracked, or brittle. Leaving your wood piece in direct sunlight, for example, large windows with lots of sunlight will harm your table over time. It may warp, split or crack. We suggest blinds or covering your piece if you intend on leaving your piece exposed to direct sunlight on an on going basis. We also would advise against placing your wooden item on radiant in floor heating systems. This is also important with wood legs. The constant heat on the wood absorbs any of the moisture left in the wood and will further promote splitting/cracking/warping.