Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Mysteries of the North Country- #6

Cabin Culture

Piney views, inside and out. The warmth of pine, aged to a deep amber, coupled with a wood fire (more pine, if only for kindling) in a cabin surrounded by pine, birch cedar and poplar- a rhapsody in wood, as it were. Ever since I was a child, staying in a flimsy motel cabin on a trip to the north shore, I've been attracted to this wall covering material. When I was a little older, I had a bedroom furnished in it. Endless hours where spent imagining what creatures the knots and grain suggested.

I've got three rooms of my current house covered in it (and a fourth with birch paneling and a porch with cedar shakes.)

The outdoors comes in.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Mary said...

There are pine walls in part of our house that was the original 1930's cabin, still with the shellac patina. Will appreciate them more after reading this.

Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the Mysteries of the North Country.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

This room was part of the cabin we stayed in- it may have been built in the 30's- it was part of a resort, moved to its current position, then added onto.

Blogger Darien Fisher-Duke said...

Condemnation Plantation wants to know: in your newly paneled rooms, did you use shellac, poly, water-based poly, tung oil? Good advice is much appreciated!

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Rose~ I've used water-based poly satin for everything. Although it doesn't yellow like the older finishes, the wood will darken- making it hard to hang pictures the first couple of years.

Blogger Darien Fisher-Duke said...

Interesting! We're leaning towards shellac at the moment. Natural lac bug secretions, and all that good stuff ...

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