Labor Day

Labor Day

Brave New Wood is at an event in Portland – Dropbox Derby, SE Water Ave and Main. There is food, beverage, booths of crafts and goods, and a main Iron Chef-type event: competitors are given an amount of reclaimed wood and have four hours to create a unique...
Finials

Finials

Two finials that attach to two columns, four all together making a 4 poster bed. These two, at 12”, were at the tops of the 48” columns , that were already 24” above the floor, as they were part of the headboard. 7 feet tall, and when it fell over, this was some of...
Dog bites chair

Dog bites chair

When you have a collectible chair, and the arms are just at the height of your teething puppy’s teeth, you may wind up with this problem – the wood is splintered, the finish destroyed. There is a distinctive pattern to the woodgrain that will need fauxing in as...
Party like it’s 1959

Party like it’s 1959

What do you call a grouping of mid century chairs? Maybe, a “relaxation”, like a “pride” of lions? Hmmm… This group represents some that will be stripped, some that have been stripped, some refinished, and ALL needing upholstery – back to Revive Upholstery...
Have a seat

Have a seat

Looking for seating options? Sometimes a chair is not the right size or aesthetic. Brave New Wood built this bench from various parts, all repurposed-wood from ages ago. 48”L x 17”H x 15”D. This one is sold, but if you have ideas that need to be realized, nothing is...
Chair rescue is complete

Chair rescue is complete

After revealing the wood in all it’s natural glory, I wanted to stain it, but something a little differently. I used a process known as ebonizing, which uses a common acetic acid(vinegar),and iron oxide, (steel wool). Combined, they react to the natural tannins in...
Chair rescue

Chair rescue

Here’s a chair that came from a good home, but had suffered a LOT of neglect. An oldie, mid-century, (original fabric), looks like the wood species is elm. You don’t see a lot of that in the West, but I have seen it often in antique Asian furniture. First thing,...
Wingback chair update

Wingback chair update

Wingback “after” photo. This project came out beautifully. As predicted, there was a lot of sanding to do. The wood came back from the strippers with a sort of fuzzy quality. No fault to the stripper, it’s just the nature of the procedure, and also to the species of...

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