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History & Values

In 2010, after graduating from college and looking for a different pace of life, Dave Darr moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the kayak and cycling friendly environment. He also started refinishing antique furniture in his free time and not thinking much of it, began experimenting with unique ingredients that could be used as a wood finish.

A couple of years later he relocated to Springfield, Missouri and started mass-producing cutting boards for restaurants and found himself needing a quality wood conditioner that was simple to use, food-safe, and didn't require multiple coats. When he couldn't find what he was looking for in the big box stores, he refined years of R&D and created what he called “Walrus Oil”. A totally food-safe, single-step wood finish solution. 

Impressed with the results and market potential, he stuck a label on it and went from woodworker to brewmaster virtually overnight. Shortly after the first product release, others followed including Wood Wax, Furniture Finishes, and more. In 2018 Walrus Oil broke into the leather care market and even released a lip balm which quickly became one of it's highest selling products. Today Walrus Oil is sold in stores all across North America and is slowing growing into a household name in the woodworking community.

We list every ingredient on the front of all packaging to show our products are both simple and safe to use for anyone, void of synthetics and those weird ingredients no one can pronounce. Every product is intentionally vegetarian and many are 100% plant-based.

We also believe products should be treated like a utility knife, only used when necessary. That's why here at Walrus Oil we don't make products (really), we make tools, things we actually need. This is also why we stick to just a few wood finishes and not a hundred, and why we only sell one simple lip balm and not twenty.

Here's a list of every ingredient we use in Walrus Oil production.

  • Almond Oil
  • Beeswax
  • Black Currant Seed Oil
  • Blood Orange Oil
  • Carnauba Wax
  • Candelilla Wax
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Clove Leaf Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Kokum Butter
  • Lime Oil
  • Menthol Crystals (plant-derived)
  • Myrrh Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Pure Mineral Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Vitamin E (plant-derived)

2019 - June - Uncrate
2019 - June - More Woodturning Magazine
2019 - June - The News-Times
2018 - November - Wood Magazine
2018 - November - The Herald News
2018 - July - Woodworker's Journal
2018 - June - Woodworking Network