Oil that wood

Lest you think we’ve turned this site into something X rated, I’ll jump straight to the point. In my excitement to share the ipe portion of fence, I neglected to wait until the wood had been oiled. (That’s why she said?)

Recently, we’ve been explaining ipe as “nature’s composite.” It’s weatherproof and insect resistant. If you leave it in it’s natural state, it will weather to a gorgeous silver color.

But! But if you oil it, it deepens the color of the wood to a rich tone. It brings out the grain of the wood. It also protects the wood from stains, from things like a metric ton of mulberries. (For those who don’t stalk us on the regular, the mulberry tree has been saved thanks to the electric company hacking down our other tree.)

Oiling the ipe also makes this never ending project OH so worth it.

Pre-oil

001ipeoiled

Hello, baby! Come to mama!

002ipeoiled

Looks Ok.

003ipeoiled

What the what?

004ipeoiled

That wood seems nice.

005ipeoiled

OMG! Can we build everything out of ipe?

006ipeoiled

I can’t stop staring at it. As a bonus, unlike the rest of this project, applying the oil was a very quick process. I rolled both sides and Aaron followed up with ¬†brush to get closer to the posts. The other side turned out just as beautiful, but we’re at the point in the year when it’s a poison ivy filled jungle over that wall, so I didn’t snap any pictures on that side.

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