|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 10-23-2011 09:17 PM||1182 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-23-2011 09:17 PM
Recently I reread George Frank’s delightful memoir titled “Adventures in Wood Finishing.” Those guys in Europe in the last century (here, too) were very resourceful and used lots of what was available to concoct their own stains and dyes.
Hence my curiosity when we had steamed (red) cabbage recently. I saved the water because it was deep, dark purple.
I put a pint in a quart jar and inserted these three samples, left to right, maple, oak and cherry. (There is a scrap of the untreated oak to give you a reference.) They remained dunked about a week.
These were partially immersed. A great deal of material was absorbed.
In just the half hour since I pulled them out and shot this image, they are lightening significantly. I’ll post another pic here after they dry thoroughly. Maybe even see what a dab of lacquer does to them.
What do you think? Anything here that prods you to do a little experimenting of your own?
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"