The Muse of Dancing Wood Art
....dancing water drops,
my vision instilled on wood,
shimmers of shellac….
And so lets look at the larger picture here….
....now what I’m wondering is who first started the, and can I say; ”myth about shellac and water damage”, without offending the gods? I will be writing more on this one soon, but to date the above photo was taken last Sunday (2008-09-29). I was out at the above work-space this evening (2008-10-02) and decided to take some more photos of the slab of maple. shellac and water. One may by now wonder where all these water shots are coming from…..and to that I can only add, heavy rain came in last Friday throughout the weekend and since then we’ve been some getting rain every day. Since last Sunday I am no-longer drying or wiping the top off from the water….why should I?
I’m not at this point going any further into this mis-truth about shellac and water, except to say that fresh shellac that has cured, is able to stand up to water. I did no-thing extra to protect the wood or shellac….and the coats I used on this top are in the realm of ‘five coats’. When I write more on this I will be updating and showing much more pictures along with my thinking on shellac.
I do know there are many who have stated about how water will damage a finish of shellac….and there are some situations where this is true, but then I also know from experience (by doing + action of work) that shellac will stand up to water and that is except for those exceptions to the rules of wood finish. I might also add, that where one to read all those books on finishing with shellac, talk to all those who teach shellac….not to mention all those who have never tried what I am showing in these blog//stories, but will often quote what they have read or heard….? Do you get the point at what I am driving at here….until one has tried it them-self, what good is that opinion?
And so once again, I took these photos this evening and I’m still looking for those white water marks that some say will appear, if water is left on shellac….
.....hmmm, I’m still looking. So if you want to see more on shellac myth busting….I’ll be writing a new story on the days, this one slab of rock maple has spent covered not only by shellac….but by raining, raining, rain water….
More to come as the test of shellac continues….
Linking back to in this series to:
1.) All Good Wood Projects Need….
2.) WoodWorking Vision
3.) Drupes and Drupaceous Nuts as Tung Oil
4.) Go Ask The Lac-Bug About Finishing Wood
5.) Tales of A Wood-Worker’s Tools
6.) Lets Test Art-Full Shellac
7.) Prepping Wood and Shellac for Rain
’’....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/