|Project by deadhead||posted 01-03-2009 06:44 PM||2563 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
My projects are crafted with what we call here in Florida “deadhead lumber”. The term refers to lumber cut from logs that have been underwater for a long time. The wood is cured in an oxygen free environment ( anaerobic) and in most cases is old first growth timber. Very stable, tight growth rings and with a unique patina from the tannic acid waters of Florida’s rivers and streams. A state license is required to salvage these logs and I buy directly from the guy who brings them up off the bottom. How green can you get? The pair of boxes shown started as 8/4 stock resawn and voila! there was a bookmatched pair of lids. Artists call that a happy accident. The boxes are made from solid wood, no joinery, but routed out with jigs i make for the different sizes. Tops and bottoms are from the same board. I have tried various finishing methods but nothing beats a Watco and satin poly mix applied and wet sanded from 300 to 600 grit, about 8 coats. The insides are lined with black faux snakeskin and hinged with brass barrels. This pair seemed to cry out for a stand that would keep them together forever so I made one of oak and finished it with a graphite and black enamel mix buffed down to simulate steel.
I’m looking for a buyer. ( Forgot to mention, each box measures 8×11.)