The Academy of Distinguished Flooring Performances presents the 2012 Knotty Awards
And the Knotty goes to…. view the 3 categories below and submit your vote!
Award for Best Make-up / Costume Design
The nominees are…
Hard maple / Acer Saccharum
Hard Maple au naturel
Hard Maple all made up. This maple was hand-scraped and then smoothed by hand with high grit sandpaper. The edges were then beveled by hand and sanded for a softening effect. Lastly, a light coffee stain was applied before being lacquered with 7 coats of finish.
White Oak / Quercus alba
White Oak au naturel
White Oak all made up. These 7 1/2" wide white oak planks were wire-brushed twice before going through the fuming process. In the tradition of Stickley, Limbert and Roycroft, the white oak is exposed to ammonia which reacts with the tannins in the wood and darkens in appearance. Notice the sapwood of the planks, which contains less tannin, reacts less than the darker heartwood. These planks were then finished with 5 coats of hard-wax oil.
Hickory / Carya laciniosa
Hickory wood floor au naturel
Hickory all made up. These hickory planks were hand-sculpted and sanded, then hand beveled and dual stained coffee/rosewood before being finished with 7 coats of polyurethane.
Cast your ballots for Best Make-up / Costume Design
Award for Best Visual Element in a Supporting Role
The nominees are…
2 1/4″ S&B Red Oak for Rue Magazine spread In the Works Jan 2012 issue
From the Jan issue 2012 of Rue Magazine, these 2 1/4" Select & Better Red Oak floors are a great supporting visual element to this fantastic space.
Most floors would be intimidated to work side-by-side with hardwood royalty like this walnut table, but in its second nomination in this category, 2 1/4" red oak literally supports this incredible walnut slab table in a recent designsponge.com post.
These floors exhibit tremendous presence in this interior. From the warm brown heartwood to the creamy white sapwood this floor shows its versatility in this scene from realwoodfloors.com.
Random width Select Red Oak for detailsadesignfirm.com from Houzz.com
In the performance of its career, this random width oak floor takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more.
Reclaimed herringbone in random widths for arcticplank.com
These reclaimed planks in the age-old herringbone pattern give us the come back performance of the year. This pattern has been in use for hundreds of years but never as strikingly or convincingly as this.
Walnut hardwood had to completely re-create itself to play this role. Generally fashionable from its visual appearance in color and tone, this walnut floor added depth to this performance by taking the form of the parquet pattern Sextant from the jamiebeckwithcollection.com.
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