Repair work has an appeal to me. It is fascinating to see what worked and what failed on a piece. See where it cracked? This tells me something that I can use in my own work. Avoid the pith, always avoid the pith. [I wish my carpenter’s helpers knew as much.]

This repair also shows me what grain direction yields. The ends of this dough bowl that I fixed has an abundance of end grain showing. This is why it broke so easily in shipping and also what I had to fix on it. It also shows much more darkening as the end grain over the years soaks up more dirt and oils and grease and water.

I also get to make something look as old as it ever was after hours of my gluing or patching or staining or distressing it. Trying to make something look as good as old takes trial and error, note taking, and luck. Into the mix was thrown: baking soda, ammonia, coffee grounds, tannic acid, a dilute ebonizing solution, tea bag, a pedestrian oil stain, dough itself heavily salted, water, and surrender were all added to this piece. Not all at once but one by one with care and discovery. Good fun.





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