OK, I didn't look ahead to see any answers, but I'll say they are for
making wood look old and beat up. A buddy that makes original style
farm tables had a big key ring, about 4" diameter or more with all kinds
of stuff on it. This guy made some nice tables out of old pine from
barns and attic floors. Twenty five inch wide pine boards. Wood you
can't buy today. Even square pegs in round holes. He wholesaled them
for about $2500 to $3500 and the buyer sold them for twice the price in NY.
Ackshhooly, "distressing" wooden pieces to make them look older isn't
some new thing invented to try to fool the rubes in New Yawk, or
anywhere else, into thinking that something's really old. It's been done
all along by furniture makers (even violin makers, for that matter)
who wanted to give their work an instant old look. There's even quite a
bit of art in this process.
Of course, the average lunk who buys these ready-made tools isn't going
to come up with anything that would fool anybody. And it's a bit, well,
distressing to see the lack of imagination that would drive anybody to
buy such tools, when anyone can come up with their own wood torture
devices by just rooting around their scrap pile or bucket of old nails.
A good distressing job takes a lot of subtlety and, of course, variation
to make it believable.
You were wrong, and I'm man enough to admit it.
Just for the record, I know it's not new, and he wasn't trying to fool
anyone. He even put a brief history of the actual building/s of where
the wood came from on parchment type paper and glued it to the bottom of
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