Whether you're building heirloom furniture or bringing mom's old cutting board back to life, we make the tools you need to finish the job, and without any chemicals or synthetics.

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 the demand unexpectedly explodes, thanks to a lot of happy customers sharing their experiences on social media. With it quickly becoming a full-time job and outpacing the woodshop, 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 two 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. Today 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.

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 has donated profits to environmental programs since it's inception, however in 2020 they began a relationship with National Forest Foundation planting one tree for every order placed at walrusoil.com. The following year in 2021 they increased their involvement with National Forest Foundation by becoming an official tree planting partner, reserved for select businesses. Walrus Oil is also an official member of 1% For The Planet. To read more on our tree planting initiative, click here.  


Dave - Founder/CEO
Favorite Product: Logger's Lip Balm
Favorite Hobby: Hiking and Traveling
Favorite Food: Fish Tacos and Fried Plantain 

Sammy - Operations Manager
Favorite Product: Leather Oil and Wax
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
Favorite Food: Tortellini Alfredo

Brhett - Brewmaster
Favorite Product: Furniture Finish
Favorite Hobby: Playing Hockey
Favorite Food: Wagyu Cheeseburgers

Heather - Marketing Director
Favorite Product: Logger's Hand Salve
Favorite Hobby: Rock Climbing
Favorite Food: Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Abby - Wholesale Manager
Favorite Product: Furniture Wax Minis
Favorite Hobby: Singing and Cleaning
Favorite Food: Breakfast Pastries

Alexis - Fulfillment Manager
Favorite Product: Muscle Relief Salve
Favorite Hobby: Air Guitar and Playing Catch
Favorite Food: Seared Ahi Tuna Steak

Margo - Environmental Coordinator
Favorite Product: Cutting Board Oil and Wax
Favorite Hobby: Mushroom Hunting
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken and Okra

Jake - Business Development (US)
Favorite Product: Tattoo Balm
Favorite Hobby: Antiques and Road Trips
Favorite Food: Mexican

Mike - Business Development (CAN)
Favorite Product: Furniture Butter
Favorite Hobby: Hockey and Woodworking
Favorite Food: My Yiayia's Stuffed Peppers