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post #7996 of 8386
Shellac is a shit finish.

There - I said it.

It is poorly resistant to moisture, poorly resistant to heat, poorly resistant to wear.

It is difficult to apply well, and really there are only 2 advantages to using shellac - it's easy to take off/refresh/repair, and has superb transparency.
post #7997 of 8386
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Shellac is a shit finish.

There - I said it.

It is poorly resistant to moisture, poorly resistant to heat, poorly resistant to wear.

It is difficult to apply well, and really there are only 2 advantages to using shellac - it's easy to take off/refresh/repair, and has superb transparency.

Several pieces of furniture that I own have original finish and they are over 200 years old. So it all depends on a treatment of your furniture in some households heavy-duty steel shelving would not last 5 years nod[1].gif .....

It is like with anything, some people would tell you :Don't install marble countertops in the kitchen because they don't last , moisture is bad for them , they are too soft, not heat resistant etc. etc.
post #7998 of 8386
200 year old all original shellac finish... I have a bridge you may want to buy. wink.gif
Edited by apropos - 7/26/16 at 7:05am
post #7999 of 8386
I prefer it for pretty much everything except tabletops or bar/counter. You don't need to French polish, just pad on and it looks nicer than oil finish and is without metallic dryers.
post #8000 of 8386
Results of the auction were insane compared to the estimates.

https://www.wright20.com/auctions/2016/07/the-four-seasons



post #8001 of 8386
I know,icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif my gf texted me this morning , and I was smiling at this. Probably just a nostalgia thing from some rich NYerkers. They had a date there or some other important meeting and thus .....biggrin.gif
None of this stuff will resell for anything close to it , but hey feeeeelings.....are expensive.
post #8002 of 8386
Maybe more appropriate for the architechture thread, but I just found out that my company's offices were done by Charles Gwathmey who was a personal friend to one of the founders.

Explains in many ways why the original sections of our office still had a decent look to them (although parts of them looked very much like an 80s investment bank). Conference rooms filled with Eames and Pollock chairs, larger offices with Saarinen tables. Some pretty great art on the walls.

Now that that founder is retired (and others)...new conference room has the kind of generic crap you see when you google "conference room chair" (which I am sure were a fraction of the price of some new herman miller options...but I doubt we will get 3 decades of life from), no more original photos or paintings...just generic framed posters literally from art.com

Enjoyed this little story about Gwathmey:
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In 1965, while not yet a licensed architect, he designed a house and studio for his parents in Amagansett, NY, that became famous and revolutionized beach house design. When he did take the professional licensing exam, he was surprised to see a multiple-choice question on the test that asked "Which of these is the organic house?" The choices included the house he designed for his parents. He wanted to answer that the organic house was his, but in order to pass the exam he chose Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House. He knew that was the answer they wanted. He passed.

Edited by otc - 7/28/16 at 11:24am
post #8003 of 8386
Hah that is funny and the house in question is really cool.

Those auction prices are insane. The bronze tables are cool but the rest of it must be beat to death.
post #8004 of 8386
Actually, now that I think of it, one of my company's founders is now one of the managing partners at foo's company.

He's not the one who was friends with Gwathmey, but supposedly he also had quite the art collection (some of which lived in the office until he left)...I wonder if that means foo has super-cool offices.
post #8005 of 8386
Speaking of which haven't heard much at all from Foo and the gang.
post #8006 of 8386
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Speaking of which haven't heard much at all from Foo and the gang.

Sounds like the least funkiest funk group of all time.

And the Four Seasons prices seem insane. 12K for ashtrays? The Campbell Apartment guy should have an auction. If he flogged off some of his swizzle sticks, maybe he could afford to stay.
post #8007 of 8386

The making of a longbow.

 

 

lefty

post #8008 of 8386
My son wants a longbow. I told him no.
post #8009 of 8386

Are they illegal in BH, neighbour B? Good skill for a kid to have.

 

lefty

post #8010 of 8386
Agreed, and I'm fine with his learning archery. In fact, one of his birthday parties was at an archery place in Daly City. But I'm happy for him to rent equipment as he needs it. If he gets good enough that it's holding him back, we can revisit the subject then.
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