Salvaged Fir Mantle Piece
An interesting chunk of Fir, that was salvaged from the demolition of the old trade school building at Victoria High. The client specified salvaged wood so in preparing the finish I gave a scale of 1 to 10, one being raw planed and ten being untouched, they chose a 6. It was belt sanded and then finished with a random orbital, all checks and nail holes were filled with black epoxy.
The rich patina that resulted reminded me of the Japanese author Jun’ichiro Tanizakis writing on antique lacquuer-ware bowls, ‘ …a depth and richness like that of a still, dark pond’, which ‘…calls to mind the past that made them’.
I fixed the mantle to the brick by cutting large dado joint from the underneath and saving the off cut which i drilled and bolted to the brick, then the top part of the mantle was fitted over that and fixed with a few screws and the holes plugged. Dimensions are 4″ thick, 10″ at the widest and 9 feet in length.