08 Nov Wonder of Wood
“The unread story is not a story, it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
In a world of pre-fab everything, when you discover a skilled workman, they are a treasure that you covet. This is David and one of his employees hard at work in a client’s home. David and I go way back as he did the floors in my first home years ago and I brought him back when we moved into our current house. He is the only person I trust to do amazing floor work that always ends up even better than I had hoped. You may be wondering what is so special about his wood floors? The answer is simple: he does everything the old school way – by hand. Talk about putting in some elbow grease! He treats each project like a work of art, creating a unique finish that cannot be duplicated with the same authenticity by buying pre-made planks. A floor should last the life of the house if done properly, and is one of the best investments you can make for the longevity and resale value of a home.
I love watching the stages of remodeling, and even these wood shavings inspire me. This is the by product of hand scrapping the floor. The process creates interesting grooves throughout the planks, giving the grain and texture a movement and fluidity. Because it is done by hand, it looks natural as opposed to machine made reproductions.
After the wood has been laid, scraped and sanded, it gets a beautiful rich walnut stain. I love the contrast of the dark wood against crisp white as well as the melding of two surfaces as it runs into the newly pebbled tile floor. This was just the update this home needed, much like the apartment remodel we did a few months ago turning golden wood into deep espresso. It’s the little things…