|Tables Upside Down|
This finish was shown to students in the woodworking program when Art Espenet Carpenter (here's a link about him) came to the University and shared it with them. This was the time when there were a couple of other well known woodworkers in California. He's in the same company as Sam Maloof and James Krenov and the three of them had a huge influence on the woodworking scene. If my memory serves me well, Art was the man who coined the phrase that "time is care" as opposed to the more popular one stating "time is money". I go for the time is care in my work, always having the goal of whatever I produce being the best that I can do.
Perfection and woodworking are very seldom used in the same sentence! In our local woodworker's monthly meeting that subject often comes up. We've been trying to understand why virtually everyone that brings a project in for show and tell will point out the small error or blemish in their own work, it's as if we want to downgrade the talent we have or something. In any case, didn't mean to get off on a tangent but the finish of a piece of furniture is the final phase of the process. I happen to be quite prejudiced towards the finish I use because it does give great results -- Ikea, Ethan Allen, et al have nothing on this. The other huge advantage is that as a craftsman working in a small shop you don't need to have spray booth and all of the related equipment. Lastly, the finish is very easy to repair if ever needed. I've even repaired a cigarette burn in an Oak bar top many years ago. Here are two more pictures to illustrate how this looks on the table bases.
Here the base on the left has its' first coat, the right one only has a coat of Danish Oil on it. I love how it enhances and brings out the natural beauty of the wood. For me, it really is all about the wood!
This one is a little harder to tell but both legs are done while the apron between them again, only has the Danish Oil.