The production of hand scraped hardwood flooring
The perfect hand scraped hardwood flooring has an imperfect aging appearance with uneven surface, knots, cracks, dents and even knife drawing, all of which have filled with long history from time. However, such an aging and antique looking of hand scraped hardwood flooring is made from craftsmen by hand from ordinary hardwood flooring, with simple work tools and their talents.
The production of hand scraped hardwood flooring is determined by three factors:
1.Talented and experienced craftsmen
2.Appropriate hardwood flooring
3.Color stains of hand scraped finishing
Not all of hardwood species for flooring are suitable for hand scraped finishing. Only those hardwood floorings with medium density & hardness, with beautiful grains and little knots are the best option for hand scraped production, such as hickory hardwood flooring, oak hardwood flooring, birch hardwood flooring & maple hardwood flooring. All of these four hardwoods are manufactured in huge amount for antique hand scraped hardwood flooring.
The talented and experienced craftsman is the key point in the production. The skills of experience craftsmen involve scooping, carving, denting, gouging& knife drawing on the imperfectsurface of hardwood flooring. The working tools for hand scraping process by craftsmen or workers are very simple, even primitive: scooper, chisel, planer, drawknife and gouge. All of these tools could be used by hand only. It can be imagined easily how much time and how much effort it takes for skillful workers to make those distinct hand scraped hardwood flooring.
According to the different appearance of hardwood flooring planks, experienced workers with talents are supposed to create the most appropriate looking for each hardwood planks by using the above skills.
The excellentcombination of these skills on the hardwood flooring planks would finally give rise to the artistic works of antique hand scraped hardwood flooring. However, only the color stains and UV coating is processed could the hand scraped hardwood flooring is finally finished and ready for installing. Color staining in a most suitable hue for those floorings is very important too. The wrong color stains, not matching the level of hand scraped finishing and hardwood species, would finallydestroy all the works and efforts in the beginning. Usually, hand scraped hardwood flooring would be stained into dark colors, or grey colors which would present people with a feeling of good old times and aging history.