Antiques, antiques auctions, recent purchases and discussion

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  1. Marshall W

    Marshall W Active Member

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    Walnut gets lighter, and I think wenge might as well.
     


  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    I have a many pieces of walnut furniture in my house, it darkens initially and I've yet to see it lighten unless left near a window.

    Black walnut is what I would expect most americans are referring to when they speak of walnut (at least on the east coast) and that darkens.
     
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  3. Medwed

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    Tiger maple gets lighter as it looses dark stain due to oxidation, so not the wood itself but the stain in a wood gets lighter.
     


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    Every piece of maple I've used for woodworking has darkened, even before finishing.

    Most finishes yellow over time which adds to the effect of darkening, but for the sake of discussion I think that should be considered separately.
     


  5. Marshall W

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    I agree that UV/direct sunlight is the main factor in wood changing colors. Lots of new high tech finishes come with a UV blocker, but this wouldn't apply to antiques.

    The walnut I was referring to is eastern black walnut. I have found some purples and greens in some of my walnut, but usually it starts as a chocolate color then goes to a honey brown. I wish it would darken, but based on my last 6 or so projects, it hasn't.

    I have a few hundred bd. ft. air drying outside my shop now.
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  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Marshall, the only piece of walnut furniture i've had lighten up has been sitting near a large window for two years. Every other piece has darkened up within a few months of building. Significantly so and i recognize that because I usually prefer walnut to be really dark.

    Both oil finished and lacquer finished.
     


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    idfnl Senior member

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    Here are some closeups of that table, what kind of wood do you think this is?


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  8. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Medwed, here is a pic of that rug....


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    Medwed Senior member

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    LOVE it...! Wonderful colors.
     


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    Collecting antiques doesn't make you gay, but it does make you buy curios.


    Joking!
    The wife and I, ahem, are gradually furnishing our house in the country here, and having fun buying from various local sales and antique shops. My favourite recent purchase is this -
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    It's a brass string box. I've never seen one in brass before (or since) - apparently it came from an old fashioned haberdashers in Herefordshire (where I bought it from an antique dealer). I love its solid, stately form. No marks on it, but I would guess early - mid 19th C?
     


  11. SkinnyGoomba

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    Looks like oak, oak usually has that flecking in the grain when quarter sawn.
     


  12. Marshall W

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    Yea, definitely looks like oak.


    The rug looks beautiful too.
     


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    Medwed Senior member

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    Enough about wood, here is some heavy metal :slayer:
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    Is that a water jug for Absinthe?
     


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