History & Values
OUR VALUES IS OUR MISSION
We believe products should be treated like a utility knife, only used when necessary. That's why we don't just make super awesome exciting products, we make tools, things we all actually need. And because we value safety and tranparency, we list each ingredient on the front of all packaging to show our products are both simple and safe to use for anyone, 100% Food-Safe, void of synthetics and toxins, and nothing Prop-65 carcinogenic. Every product is intentionally vegetarian or vegan too.
A GOOD STORY IN THE MAKING
After graduating from college and looking for a different pace of life, our founder Dave Darr moves to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the kayaking and cycling friendly community. He also starts refinishing antique furniture in his free time and not thinking much of it, begins experimenting with unique ingredients that could be used as a wood finish.
A couple of years later he relocates to Springfield, Missouri and starts mass-producing cutting boards for restaurants. While searching for a quality wood conditioner that is simple to use, food-safe, and doesn't require multiple coats, he comes up empty handed. He then decides to make his own. He goes into the shop, refines years of R&D, and creates what he coined “Walrus Oil”. Not actually made from walrus, but a totally food-safe, single-step solution.
In 2017 Walrus Oil is launched with a couple hundred bucks and a kitchen stove. The initial market tests are overwhelmingly positive and within a few months the ambitious idea becomes a full time job; the founder starts investing in industrial brewing equipment. New products are released including Wood Wax, Furniture Finishes, and more.
In 2018 Walrus Oil hires it's first employees to keep up with production. They also branch out into two new product markets, leather care and skincare. The first batch of Logger's Lip Balm sells out in 48 hours and later becomes the 3rd highest selling product. In November of 2018 Walrus Oil is featured in the world's largest woodworking magazine, Wood Magazine, read by over 400,000 people. Stores across the country also start carrying Walrus Oil.
In 2019 Walrus Oil begins growing internationally, heavily in Canada, Turkey, and several European countries. They also expand their manufacturing capacity and move into a facility 3x larger than their first. Still reading? Cool. By mid-year their products are available in well over 100 stores in the US alone.
At the beginning of the new year Walrus Oil doubles the size of their building, now occupying 4,000 sqft of space for expanded production, offices, fulfillment, and raw material storage. New products are released including Furniture Butter, which sells out in less than 1 hour on their website, as well as other wood finishes, and an expanded line of skincare products including Muscle Relief Salve and Heavy-Duty Hand Soap.
A week before Earth Day, Walrus Oil announced for every order placed at WalrusOil.com they would plant 1 tree through the National Forest Foundation. The overall result would be a surplus of thousands of trees planted annually.
PRESS FEATURES AND NOTABLE MENTIONS
2019 - August - Infinity Masculine
2019 - June - Uncrate
2019 - June - More Woodturning Magazine
2019 - June - The News-Times
2019 - January - DIY Huntress
2018 - November - Wood Magazine
2018 - November - The Herald News
2018 - July - Woodworker's Journal
2018 - June - Woodworking Network