“Whether made into a wooden pillow or table,
wood with excellent fine grain is a guarantee of splendid poems,
and the composition of perfect documents.”
~Liú Shèng (d. 113 BC), “Ode to Fine-Grained Wood,” quoted in Beyond the Screen: Chinese Furniture of the 16th and 17th centuries by Nancy Berliner, 1996
We love wood. These days I spend more time polishing it for other people, but it’s still therapeutic, and good exercise also (take note you foot/ankle/leg injuring blog-buddies; you know who you are)…..albeit only effective on the upper body.
The aprons and legs are cheap softwood with no merit so we painted these with a clear conscience. The tops are subject to our special treatment.
All varnish and stain is taken off with the damaged surface finish . Then we clear wax and polish up to ten times. Such a lovely, soft finish. Very tactile. Showcases the grain and natural colour.
I rest my case.