|Forum topic by UncannyValleyWoods||posted 223 days ago||539 views||0 times favorited||17 replies|
223 days ago
Let me start off by saying that my idea of building furniture has always consisted of crisp lines, smooth smooth surfaces and as few dings and mistakes as possible.
This week, I’ve been working on a dining table made of reclaimed heart pine. I inlaid some butterflies, planed off the old finish and I’ve got it sanded down to near gecko balls smooth.
However, this evening, my neighbor (also a wood worker) asked me how I was going to distress it. I looked at him like he was nuts. He explained to me (a recent transplant to Southern California) that wealthy folks out here are looking for new furniture that looks old and beat up. He explained that most people out here will pay lots of money for furniture that is built well, but looks like absolute crap. This is counter-intuitive to everything I’ve ever practiced as a wood worker.
Then he proceeds to show me a video of a high end cabinet maker in Arizona, explaining the torture tools of his trade. I watched as this mad man beat up perfectly good cabinets with chains and chisels and boards packed with nails….I was in shock.
Now, it may sound like I’ve been living in under a rock, but I have seen distressed furniture, I just assumed it was because the wood worker either had access to poor materials, was lazy / didn’t own a planer or thought he was being creative…So yes, I suppose I have been living under a rock…
So now I’m faced with a strange decision. Do I distress the crap out of this table simply to make it marketable to the rich coots in California? Or do I build the table I envisioned and sit on it for months trying to sell it?
Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks in advance.