D. Thomas Treadwell
The First Step in How to Make Distressed Wood
Before you start learning how to make wood look old, determine just how old you’d like it to appear. The methods used to make lumber from trees evolved over the centuries. The marks left behind can be roughly linked to various historical periods. So you need to first decide on the wood distressing techniques you want to use.
Wood Distressing Techniques: Choosing An Era — Early
The earliest boards and beams were cut and shaped with hand tools. If you’d like an earlier, more primitive look, we’ll show you how to make wood look old when you add marks that suggest hand-hewing, like this example. (Full instructions coming up.)