Re: on the "salad oil" finish
- --- In email@example.com, "Tom Rettie" <tom@h...> wrote:
>Yup, his book is circa 1680 here's more of the quote to put it in context.
> The reference was to Joseph Moxon, who is about a hundred years post-
> SCA period (1627-1700). His description is a beeswax base that is then
> buffed with salad oil. Regardless of the oil used, it wouldn't be a
> durable finish, as the oil is only a surface sheen on the wax, it
> doesn't penetrate the wood.
> If you use raw walnut or linseed oil, expect very long curing times.
> There are many period recipes for boiled linseed oil, though modern
> commercial oils use driers instead of boiling.
> (The other) Fin.
> Tom R.
"Lastly the hold either a piece of seal-skin, or Dutch Reeds" [aka
Horsetail] "(whose outer Skin, of filme somewhat finely cuts) pretty
hard against the work, and so make it smooth enough to polish.
Hard wood they polish with beez-wax, viz. by holding bees-wax against
it, till it have sufficiently toucht it all over; and press it hard
into it by hard the edge of a flat piece of hard wood made sizable and
suitable to the work made sizable and suitable to work upon, as the
work is going about. Then they set a gloss on it with a very dry
woolen rag, lightly smeared with salad oyl.
But Ivory they polish with chalk and water, and afterwards dry it with
a woollen rag, and a light touch of sallad oyl; which at last they rub
off again with a dry woollen rag, and so set a gloss on it."
MacGregor Historic Games