Does anyone have knowledge of a wood stain called "Old Growth"? I was wondering what the contents were that make up its unique colors? Is it possible to create an array of colors just by adjusting pH levels of product?
From contributor A:
A dye stain can be produced by adding steel wool pads, some old rusty nails and screws into a jar of vinegar, and allowing it to ferment. Depending on the brew that you make up and the woods you use this acid dye on, you can get many different colors. For example: woods with high tannin content will give you all kinds of grays - from barnyard gray to ebony black. On some woods with lower tannin, you can get many colors of yellow and even a caramel color. You will need to make up complete samples, and spend some time learning about this acid dye. It certainly has a place in finishing, if youíre into that kind of finishing.
Attached is a photo of a faux patinated finish that I did for an article that will appear in *Custom Woodworking Business* in 2006. This Tall Box was done with only colorants.