Sources referenced in Gary Morris's Presentation
The Wooden Teddy Bear
Portland, Or. 33917
Notes from John Leake's Presentation on January 5, 2015 - click here for PDF
Steve Kern's Wood Finishing
(8/1/11) - click here for PDF
John Leake's Slant Front Ladies Desk handout.
Gail Fredell's pickling recipe:
wash 8 - 12 pads of med-course #2 or #3 steel wool thoroughly in dishwashing
soap to remove all oils, etc.
2. soak steel wool in 1 gallon of clear white cider vinegar for 36 - 48 hours.
steel wool must be completely submerged in vinegar!
3. pour off vinegar into a clean container - either glass or plastic. strain
vinegar through coffee filters to remove iron particles.
4. this solution is your full-strength pickle. if you keep it in a closed
container and out of direct light it can be good for 2 - 3 weeks.
5. I dilute the pickle with water depending on how dark I want to turn the wood
I am working with; the more water added to the solution, the lighter the mix.
1. I find it essential to do tests/samples every time, so I always save all my
cut-offs while working on a piece for samples later on.
2. the color will darken and shift when finishes are applied, so complete
samples by applying finishes.
3. add 6 drops of ivory liquid soap to a gallon of pickling solution to help
break surface tension and get the solution to go down into the pores of the
4. the pickled wood seems to continue to darken a bit over time.
It's all highly un-scientific and sometimes unpredictable.
I have used this with: redwood, mahogany, walnut, cherry, white oak, soft maple.
Members can contact me with questions if they run into any snags or surprises.
Donald Bradley's Book List, from his July 12, 2010,
presentation: click here
John Leake's presentation, May 3, 2010
And again, John comes across with a helpful handout.
Queen Anne Lowboy.
Jon Welch's presentation, October 5, 2009
John Leake's presentation,
February 5, 2007
Again, John's presentation is accompanied
by a handout.
Bo Hurley's presentation, January
Bo has composed an addendum to his presentation. You can read it by clicking here.
John Leake's presentation, August
John's presentation was so good, it could
have been considered a seminar.
His handouts had to be posted somewhere, so here
they are. Give a click.
Sliding dovetail jig, and more.