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Once again the Christmas One of a kind show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada has come and gone! I always seem to find my self working very long days late into the evenings juggling my client orders with my booth pieces and planning. This year was no different, especially because I doubled the size of my booth to a 10’ x 20’. I decided to apply what i’ve learned from previous shows to improve my setup/takedown and organization of my handmade furniture.
This year I built my entire booth inside my work show, I built hard walls which I painted white, and numbered for easy take down and setup. I also made a major change to a vinyl “hardwood” looking floor, thankfully it came in just days before the show. To put the floor down was quick and easy just unroll and apply double sided carpet tape. It worked and looked great!
With all my pieces completed it was time for the move in, I spent the morning loading my pieces into the trailer knowing I would just have to unload in a few hours to begin the setup….. this is going to be a long day I thought.
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The finishing process is just as important as selecting the first piece of wood. My chairs and other pieces of furniture all have 4 coats of finish that has been hand-rubbed into the wood. I finish my pieces with a 3 part mixture of Boiled Linseed Oil, Raw Tung Oil and Varnish. The oil in the mixture penetrates into the pores to bring out the color and character in the wood, while giving it great depth. Nature is the true artist who am I to hide her beauty with stain…… To say the least I don't use stain!
Stain obscures the color, figure, and character, creating a bland, uniform feel and look. I believe the unique features in nature is what makes each piece of furniture tell a story. I constantly find myself spending many hours selecting the right piece of wood for the job at hand and I would't have it any other way.
Once the first oil/varnish mixture is applied and wiped off it will then cure in the fibers of the wood, sealing and strengthening the surface over the next 48 hours. The next 3 coats applied every 24 hours then builds a thin film and develops the sheen. What separates a great finish is the surface preperation. I spend more then half of the fabrication process preparing the surface, sanding, sanding and sanding! Even though after the many hours of sanding I may not be in the best spirits the end result is always worth it.