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When I turned my attention to unpainted or "natural" chairs, I sought a means to avoid the jarring contrast between the different woods that serve varying purposes. I was thrilled to discover that the butternut seat, which is often referred to as "White Walnut", changes color along with white oak, which makes up the rest of the parts, when fumed in an ammonia atmosphere. This imparts a color, not on the surface of the wood, but actually chemically darkens the wood itself. The clarity of the wood is enhanced as the color gets richer. By carefully shaving the flat faced parts of the upper carraige in the radial plane, the medullary rays dance across the surfaces, flickering in the light.

 

The Crested Rocker in Fumed Oak
Peter Galbert Chair Maker 7 Gardenside, Roslindale, MA (978)660-5580