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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 10-23-2011 09:17 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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10-23-2011 09:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red dye finish purple dye cabbage

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?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...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"


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tenontim

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 10:06 PM

I bought this book twenty years ago and it’ been my bible for finishing. There’s no end to the results you can get by using chemicals (and food items) to change the color of wood. There’s also great info on all phases of finishing and problem fixing.

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 01:11 PM

Wow, I asume this was red cabbage? Neat stuff.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 07:33 PM

Here’s the dried samples, half covered with two coats of Deft by brush:

And for comparison:

-- "...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"

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