I've been doing some projects, and thinking I wanted some stain, to
make the wood look like it had been used a long time. Not distressed, I
don't believe in cruelty to wood. Just the look you get from a piece of
wood, that's been in an old factory, for a hundred or so years. So I
thought stain would be the way to go.
I'm trying to lean toward easy clean up stuff, water base poly,
latex, etc., and didn't care to use any of the commercial stains. Had
tried coffee and tea, but they didn't do what I was after.
Then today I saw some hickory nuts that had dropped beside my
driveway. Viola. I don't have black walnut trees, but sure as Hell
have hickory trees. I knew walnut husks were used for stains and dyes,
why not hickory? Turns out, yes, hickory husks are used. But, no
instructions on how. Dug more, several sources said make it same as
walnut. Hmm, OK. Dug deeper. Then found this site.
I think that pretty well covers any questions I had. Altho,
another site did recommend using cheap vodka. Pouring it over the
husks, instead of ammonia or water.
So, tomorrow, after I get the truck brakes worked on, I shall be
gathering some hickory nuts. I'm thinking no ammonia, probably just
water, maybe with a shot of vinegar.
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