Salvage Fir Projects,
February 22nd 2019
Have recently completed a few salvage Fir projects, the first was for a Arts and Crafts inspired Dresser with a mirror. The client supplied a photograph and wanted something similar to fit the age of the materials supplied which were a mixed pile of off-cuts from the renovation of his heritage house. The difficulty in this was the indifferent nature of the supplied materials and matching the pieces so that the patina of the aged distressed wood remained the highlight as the scrap wood was turned into a piece of furniture.
The second piece was for a California King size bed with Headboard. The client was interested in the salvaged Fir floorboards we have that were rescued from the old Fairey Tech building at Victoria High school that was built in 1949 and demolished in 2012. The boards have a lovely patina from the years and years of students work in the shop program there, they have an almost ‘story board’ quality in the complexity of the markings!
The boards have worked really well when made into table tops in the past and it was not a dissimilar process to turn them into a bed. The Arts and Craft design again reflects the age of the wood and this influence is also retained in the simplicity and industrial quality of the material. It was difficult temptation not to elaborate on the design as the headboard took shape and I was pleased that it retains a certain honesty. The cut edges were distressed and dyed with various water based treatments. Finished with Shellac, Spar Varnish and Tung oil, (to make sure that no potential splinters can escape). Dimensions; Headboard, 2.5″ thick X 84″ wide X 41″ high. Bed frame; 80″ wide X 86″ long.