Category Archives: Paste Finishing Wax

A Party — and Patina !

I went back to my hometown in Illinois recently to celebrate my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary with my brother, two sisters, several grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many, many friends.

My parents moved into this ca. 1911 foursquare house in 1951 and still live there.
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Creating an Arts & Crafts Frame

This past weekend my friend Dennis Bertucci (left) taught a Stains & Finishes workshop at the Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference that I have directed each of the past 27 years. The workshop was sponsored by Minwax® and the participants stained and finished quartersawn oak frames
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A New Use For an Old Card File

One hundred years ago, every business and school had an assortment of oak office accessories, from tall file cabinets and stacking bookcases to letter trays and card files, like this one I picked up full of stuff at a yard sale. Something told me all it needed was a careful cleaning to help preserve it, and I knew I could find a new use for it. Interested? Just keep on reading….
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