A big part of working in any physical medium is differentiating the work you do from that of others and your previous projects. With regards to wood the finish put onto the piece or pieces in the final steps is often times a great way to define your work as your own and add some final design characteristics that make it more personal whether it be for the client or for your own personal satisfaction. With this specific example we are examining a finishing technique we often use with reclaimed heart pine pieces. Known for its deep yellow and amber accents heart pine gives a craftsman a great opportunity to showcase the natural patina of the wood and add that differentiating factor in a number of ways. Our shop calls this specific technique scorching. The natural patina of the heart pine looks amazing in contrast with black and the finished result looks sleek, yet rustic, and has an almost burnt characteristic. Like it was pulled from the fire just in time to enjoy a charred darkness that plays off the natural beauty of the wood. We create this aesthetic by thoroughly sanding the piece, applying black stain dye, and then hand sanding off the dye to reveal the natural patina to a desired contrast before applying a thin layer of clear coat lacquer in order to bring out both the black and the natural patina. Below are pictures of the process with Reclaimed Southern Pine Side Tables.