After many years in the high tech industry I was not unhappy that my company decided they did not need me any more. In fact, I jumped on the opportunity to start SchuttenWorks. Since my wife is an artist, I was fortunate that I already had access to a small but wonderful wood shop. I had been helping her with some projects, but it was clearly time to find my 'own thing'.
SchuttenWorks' initial focus was on high quality accessories for Apple products. I loved the design aspects of the Apple products and complementing them with natural, wooden accessories a balance of beauty is created that exceeds the beauty of the individual products. However after successfully selling many docking station for iPhone and the Apple Watch, the market dried up.
A friend of mine was making beautiful ceramic canisters, and asked if I could provide him with wooden screw tops for these cannisters. I did the research and engineering and now, to the best off my knowledge, Schuttenworks is the sole provider of genuine wooden screw-tops for mason jars in the USA (or maybe the world) and work with many shops across the country.
All our products are made by me in my wood shop in Portland. We use sustainably harvested woods and Bamboo. Our bamboo is manufactured with NUAF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) and PVA glue, commonly known as white glue or school glue, a water based, odorless, nontoxic glue which does not break down or yellow over time.
Furthermore we only use food-grade mineral oil to treat our tops. Mineral oil is a non-toxic, non-drying product that is colorless, odorless, and flavorless. Its properties prevent water absorption, Food-grade mineral oil (as determined by the Federal Drug Administration) is a popular choice for wooden kitchen items such as wooden spoons, bowls, and, of course, cutting boards. Of course, the silicon seals we use for the span-on jars are also food-grade, so also 100% safe.
To keep your lids beautiful we recommend to regularly re-treating your lid with mineral oil. This will prevent splintering and/or discoloring and preserve the beauty of the wood. You can wash your lid with a little soap and warm water. If your lid has stains or smells, you can use lemon juice or white vinegar directly on the area. If your lid has a silicone seal remove it, so you can properly clean underneath. We do not recommend natural oils such as vegetable, corn, olive, peanut or walnut oil, as these are rich in fats and go rancid.
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