Glazing finishes #1: Wooden reality check

Blog entry by davbec posted 06-07-2011 01:23 AM 10214 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Fine wood is not an overly abundant commodity. Therefore, I respect wood’s pure nature. Wood tends to increase in character as it ages and to enhance that character can be very rewarding. No matter what you might do to protect it, short of keeping it in a refrigerated inert vacuum wood will change. In the furniture world we call this patina; by another name it is called decay or politely oxidation. Here, I am mainly concerned with surface affect but, in reality, most wood is basically a very stiff sponge and changes in humidity affect it to its core.

The first rule is that air and sunlight and humidity (not to mention changes over time of all three) are destructive to wood fiber. To interrupt that cycle man has tried many things including keeping furniture in refrigerated inert vacuums. It is, however, hard to interact with a piece of furniture that is kept in a refrigerated inert vacuum. So, shoulder your demon or use the wood’s given nature to enhance the visual aesthetic in some way. Remember, Neil Young says: Rust never sleeps!

Keep ahead of that “rolling stone” ;)

David Becton

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posted 08-30-2011 11:15 PM

Well said, thank you…

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