Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Question on Finishing Black Walnut

Philip Morris
>Is there a way to finish black walnut such that the richness of the color of the heartwood can be highlighted, but still retain the stark contrast with the sap wood?

I am about to finish a natural egde bowl. In the past, I have applied a coat of deft lacquer over the piece to seal the grain prior to applying the finish. This allowed the sap wood to remain fairly light, but did not really bring out the grain of the heartwood like a penetrating oil would. I have considered applying a penetrating oil finish on just the heartwood and then applying the Deft lacquer, but was afraid it would bleed into the sap wood. Alternatively, I could just apply the Deft to the sap wood and then oil the heartwood.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Philip

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