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Decoration Of Interiors

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The process for preparing wood used tor nteriúr decoration was Iuveuted by Charles W Spurr, of Boston He bas a very remarkable kuonledge of woods and helped o make the collection which Mr Morris i. Jessnp. the banker and philanthropist, ïas preseuted to the Museum of Natural ïistory üntil Mr Spurr found the secret of making good veueers. which is ,o cut the vvood thin, furuiture meu and wood dealers were trying to see how thick ,hey could inake them so as to prevent ,he warping which was invariably taking )lace, and making the experimenta unuccessful. Wood may be ent as thin as the SOOth part of an inch, when it Is like paper. It s not useful in this state. That which is cut to the thickness of the lOOth or the ISOth part of an inch and lüied with paper is used for the decoratiou of walls and ceilings This nelther shrinks aor sweUs, there not being enough of it for the atmosphere to affect. ín one room, where It was put ou eighteen years ago, it is in as good condition as when it was flrst applied. The sniooth surface of an ordinary pasteboard wall or ceiline is the best foundation for It. All botes and cracks must be evenly filiad with piaster of paris. If the wall is new it is glue sized as If for wall paper Then it is ready for the wood in panels, frieze or molding, perfectly plain and simple, or very elabórate. The wall is first covered with cloth put on witb common flour paste. The reneers are dampened with a preparation of ine and water, which softens them, and when dry leaves them pliablo A paste is then rubbed over the wood as well as the cloth covered wall, and the foriner carefully and smoothly applied. ficarcely a more diffieult task than putting on wall paper. There are uo fewer than forty kinds of wood from which to select the ornamentation of a house interior Sonietünes two or three are mingled in one room, with a surprisingly beautiful effect. A checker board pattern of curly maple Is about as thick as a piece of cardboard. To produce it strips of wood were first woven in and out and then subieoted to heat and pressure, which made it one smooth mass, varied in hue as f it were composed of two kinds of wood. Cherry, oak and mahogany are on the top notch of esteem for this sort of decoration as well furniture at the present moment. Euibossed wood resembles cariring, and while it is not meant exactly to take the place of it, is rich enough in itself to demand atteution and to be used for endless purposes of utility and ornament. It is not cheap enough to become comnion. The original patterns for the work are Ciu-ved by liaud Molds from these models are then made, on which the wood is placed after being sóftened They are then subiuitted to 2Ö0 degrees of heat and great pressure When taken from the , nydraulie press tbey are aiucb too hot to touch for some time It is easy to see that such a processnattir&lly prevenís any shrinkage afterward A ceiling of one of the parlor cars on the Old Colony railroad is decorated with these embossed and plain woods, and is prized se, highly by the company that the car is only in service during the summer montbs Book binding is another use to which the wood has recently been put. Poems by Pope and Je'an Ingelow, issued last year, are enveloped in a eovering of wood and tied with different colored rib bons. - New York Press.


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