Continuing from the Reparation of the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair
(Or to begin at the beginning go here.)
We began our finish with a quick review of the chair with the repairs completed, above.
These were filled with our hot pigmented carnauba wax infused with
tree resins delivered into the fissures using a batik writer
(art tools come in handy in our studio). This is allowed to cool, and scraped to level.
The new dowels used to secure the mortice were in need of pigment,
delivered in a formula to match the original historic varnish (MPFC creates),
and carefully applied with a cotton swab so as not to run onto the original finish.
Our specially formulated wax (created for this project of carnauba, polymerizing oils,
and tree resins infused with finely ground earth pigments) was applied liberally.
4/0 steel wool was used on areas where there were excessive
amounts of scaling and carbon accumulations.
All the chairs had areas of minute splintering, which is problematic due to fabric catching on the area and pulling large chunks of the frame away. In these areas a very fine sandpaper was covered in wax and gently used to smooth the dangerous splinters off, while slightly pigmenting the open grain.
Note: Scratches exhibiting in final finish images around new dowels are not caused by MPFC. We did not level the dowels after they were inserted into the chair mortices because of the risk of damaging the original finish, however, in the original production by Stickley there were several areas where the dowels were leveled and scratches and saw chatter marks were produced around the dowel mortice walls.
We also found several tear outs and
chipping along pin mortice walls
which appear to have been created
at the time the chairs were constructed,
such as the one shown right,
along the inside of the right-facing arm,
shown after finish and wax fills.
We are ready for upholstery! (coming soon.)