You might think aside from walking and maybe riding a bike, painting wood would be a close third in the "things that are really easy to do" category. This might be the case if the wood you are painting is attached to an old barn. When setting out to paint wood, however, you have a couple of options: do it well or do it sloppy. You should strive to do the best you can because you can paint wood as well as any professional.
Whilst preparing our reclaimed pine timber for a Cath Kidston cash desk, I found this stamp on the reverse of what we know as ‘Pine Roof Board’. Until recently, pine roof board used to sit under and support the slate roofs of our housing stock.
The tree had been down for years. I have a hard time identifying trees, but I knew this was a cherry tree by the look of its bark. Scattered along this otherwise flawless limb were several unsightly growths—the burls I had been searching for. This downed cherry tree was only about six inches at its widest diameter and I could see at least four burls in it of various sizes. I began cutting.
It’s really easy to look at a pile of walnut and assume it’s low in quality because walnut, the poor guy, has a lot of characteristics that you don’t find in other woods. That means even the best grade of walnut comes with appearance flaws and defects. Walnut is just different. Building projects out of walnut means doing more cutting, arranging and flipping of your boards than you might be used to.
Until this century wood was the single greatest material aid and comfort in every century of our ancestors lives. Depending on who starts counting where, the experts all disagree, the art and technique of working wood into countless forms of tools, heat, shelter, furniture, transportation, decoration, kitchen utensils, any and every other thing imaginable; and some not.