Adding Tannins to Wood

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George Vondriska demonstrates a unique way to color wood using a simple iron acetate solution that creates a chemical reaction with the natural tannins in wood. If you are using a wood species with a low level of tannin, George shows you the process for adding tannins so that the iron acetate will have a more dramatic reaction and darken the wood. This approach brings an instant patina to wood, creating rich, dark colors.

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