Shaker Stain

red_chair.jpgOur pigments can be used in this simple water-based stain. Traditionally referred to as Shaker Stain, it gives a beautiful color that is true to the pigment's natural tone. This stain works best using Natural Ochers and Earth pigments on softer woods such as pine, fur and ash.* It must be sealed afterwards using shellac, clear varnish or any other protective coating to maintain it.

Basic Recipe


  • 1 tblsp Pigment
  • 1 cup water

Combine the pigment and water in a saucepan and gently boil it down until you have a thick paste. Wet the wood and rub the stain paste into the wood using a cotton cloth. Rubber gloves must be worn to prevent staining of fingers. Let each coat dry in between, doing successive coats until the wood will not absorb any more. The absorbency of the wood is key to success with this stain. Once dry, a sealer must be applied to prevent the color from transferring.

* For harder woods that are not as absorbent, it may be preferable to use a similar quantity of pigment in a rubbing oil such as Walnut Oil. No boiling is necessary when using oil.