Wood is Good- The wood rescue diary

img_20160625_110003“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

SOURCE http://www.quotegarden.com/woodworking.html

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.

Two tables have come to us recently with wonderful veneer (flamed and banded  mahogany and walnut) but in a terrible state. img_20160625_105904img_20160923_121614

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

You all know that I am partial to hugging and stroking inanimate objects, but I have observed that even unromantic, no-nonsense,  practical men drift past these and have to touch them. img_20160923_122138

I rest my case.

 

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About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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10 Responses to Wood is Good- The wood rescue diary

  1. notewords says:

    Beautiful. Wood is wonderful, and each piece is different. We have wooden parquet floors and people keep advising me to put in fitted carpets….

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  2. Ellen A. says:

    Your prices are so reasonable for all the work you do on these renewed treasures!

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  3. Osyth says:

    Absolutely beautiful and yes, I want to stroke them too! Chapeau to you both x

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  4. francetaste says:

    Gorgeous! Wow. I love that the art comes from nature.
    Have you been to Revel? You would be in heaven with the marquetry workshops.

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  5. poshbirdy says:

    What beautiful tops. Both are stunning examples

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