Furniture’s Battle Scars


Part 2: Fictional ‘incidents’ give a piece a believable back story.
By Michael Dunbar
Pages: 54-59

From the December 2010 issue # 187
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In Part 1 of “Aging Your Projects Gracefully” (November 2010, issue #186), I gave an overview of creating an aged look for new pieces of furniture, and discussed mechanical wear.

The second prevalent type of wear is incidental. “Incidental” means wear that did not result from ordinary use. Incidental wear is what happens to a piece of furniture when it spends time around human beings. Incidental wear might happen while the piece is experiencing ordinary use. However, it is not the result of that use. It is caused by something else. In writing your plausible fiction for a piece you made, ordinary wear is the day-to-day stuff of life. Incidental wear is the events that make life interesting.

Below are a bunch of twists and turns you can include in the plot of the story you are telling as you artificially age a piece of furniture.

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From the December 2010 issue # 187
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