Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
The steps are easy. Turn the wood to shape. The dent the wood by driving or pressing the leather stamp or even a rounded over nail into the wood. Then either turn, shear scrape, sand or all 3 until you can just barely see the dents. It helps if you can get the dents consistently deep but that's a problem I'm working on.
At this stage sand to about 400 grit. Then put a rag over the wood and use a steam iron to raise the dents above the surface. When this is accomplished rub the surface with a green Scotch brite pador 4/0 steel wool. Now your ready for the finish.
I'm still learning and wood species is going to be crucial to get really good predictable results. Softer woods seem better than hard but they can't have any pronounced hard and soft places.