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Was my antique wood bread bowl stained at some point?

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Crafty_Mom

Was my antique wood bread bowl stained at some point?

I just received an antique bread bowl that hubby bought for me.  I went to clean it before its first use, and the water and rag came up orange.  I thought, maybe since it is on the inside and the bowl probably saw a lot of use, that may be normal.  But the same result on the outside.


 


Is it a wood stain?  Or is it possibley from use?

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Dillbert

people use things for their own purposes - without knowing its history one can only guess.


it would be unlikely that an old stain would wash off with soap&water (I presume..) - considering its 'old' the stain may have been oil based - even a water based stain works by the water evaporating and leaving the colorant.


you could sand the bottom and see if the 'real' wood color 'reappears' - if you see where there appears to be a 'line' look with a magnifiying glass to see if you can spot a distinct color layer semi-satuated into the wood. - that would be a stain.


wood ozidizes, you'll lose the patina by sanding - but depending on how&where it was stored it could be a collection of dust&dirt.

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Crafty_Mom

Thanks!  The more I think about it, the more it seems likely that what I'm seeing is just age.


 


We were going to slightly sand the bottom anyway (it's uneven), so that should settle it without doubt.

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Mini Oven

It rubs up red/brown or orange.   A good reason to sand it off.

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twinwoodcarving

Consider using tung oil to seal your bowl after you sand it. Sanding a bowl can be a lengthy process good luck with that. You can see my bowls with the tung oil finish at www.twinwoodcarving.com all the best, Joe.


 

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twinwoodcarving

I guess I should specify organic/food safe tung oil rather than tung oil designed for furniture applications...you can read more at http://www.realmilkpaint.com/oil.html good luck, Joe.


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