|Project by ferstler||posted 11-15-2012 04:11 PM||1073 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Recently, my wife saw a photo (in a magazine) of a collage made out of what appeared to be scrap pieces of wood, stained and cut to various sizes and attached to a large board. She asked if I could do something like that to hang in our den.
Well, luckily I have lots of scrap wood, and was eager to get rid of it, and so I built a collage out of select pine, Brazilian pine, douglas fir, cedar, redwood, maple, and even dogwood. The last two were made from pieces of troubled trees I cut down last year and kept in storage to dry out.
I used a variety of wood stains, and in some cases no stain (cedar does well with no stain, at least when varnished), and also used food coloring on some of the lighter pieces. Yep, food coloring. Unlike paint, food coloring allows the wood grain to show through, and it can be safely clear coated with polyurethane. The pieces are mounted (using PL constructive adhesive) on a ½-inch-thick mdf board, were given five coats of polyurethane (three brushed on individual pieces before assembly and two sprayed on after assembly) and the result is a 19 pound wall-hanging collage that requires some sturdy wire clips in the back and sturdy hooks on the room wall. The size is roughly 24×30.
One nifty thing about it is that unlike with canvasses, pastels and the like, you can run your hands over it without worrying about doing any damage. The pieces vary in thickness, allowing for a tactile, as well as visual, thrill.
The thing is done, and photos (finished product as well as some construction shots) are attached. The frame around the collage is redwood. I wanted to stain it dark, using something like red-oak stain, which can look almost mahogany like with redwood, but the wife said she likes the looks of that stuff in this case with no stain or even clear coating at all. If she changes her mind (and I hope she eventually does) the frame pieces (held in place by screws and not glue) are easy to remove and give a finish.