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13 Jan 2010

Wood Colors over Time

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When a Fireside Loom owner recently called because she is thinking of selling her loom, her first comments on the “cleaned up” loom were about its beautiful color – aged cherry – deep reddish-brown with mixed tones in the grain as accents.  Another caller in this new year of 2010 hoped we would send wood samples of our looms so she could see the colors before making her choice.  YES! we have wood samples for buyers to see and touch before finalizing their wood choice for the loom they have ordered!

Natural is the color we prefer for Fireside Looms.  Our oil finish protects the wood but allows it to continue its aging process and change colors as nature intended.  This gives each Fireside Loom its unique color and character that is enhanced as the years pass by. 

So when you choose a wood for your Fireside Loom, consider the following:

Cherry – many people picture cherry as a very red wood, but many times it is light to mid brown.  Cherry wood deepens its color and looks more rich as it ages.

Maple – this light colored wood has a fine grain, sometimes appearing to have little grain at all.  You will notice the wood turning into a tan shade through the years.

Walnut – before oiling walnut it appears to be lifeless, BUT the grain and sometimes purplish streaks in the grain become spectacular as we handrub the oil finish.  It’s my favorite wood to oil as the transformation is truly beautiful.  After many years, walnut wood lightens and seems to mellow.

Oak – it’s a strong wood and for many years was the primary wood for building Fireside Looms.  Its heavy grain and medium tones look sturdy.  You can expect the tones to lighten and even fade a bit.

Ash – a very light colored wood that maintains its color over time.  Its grain is heavier than maple and its texture is smoother than oak.

Capturing the beauty of the wood on Fireside Looms in photographs is extremely difficult…with flash, without flash, in sunlight or not…I never know what will show the true character and color of the wood.  So when you are viewing pictures of looms on the web, consider that nothing represents the smooth finish, distinct color and grain texture like you will see it “in person”!

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