There’s a very marked difference between the mild to warm winters here in the Antipodes and winters back home in the Northern Hemisphere: I do most of my work outdoors (my small ‘workshop’ basically amounts to tool storage only) and on the second day of winter, bathed in glorious winter sun, I began staining the chair.
I shouldn’t have opened my big mouth! Since then, dense morning fog, damp 11° C. (52° F.) days and now, heavy rain have conspired against me, retarding the drying of the linseed oil and progress in general. I’m a great believer in ‘making hay while the sun shines’ – tomorrow I could be feeling under the weather, or indeed, the weather could be coming down around me – so I eagerly snatched any clear spells there were to continue building up the finish.
Today the sun made a few brief appearances and I was able to finally wax the chair.
I can be well content to sit on a wooden bottom chair myself, provided I can but have common food and raiment wherewith to pass through life in peace. [i]
[i] Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet Dictionary Containing an Explanation of all the Terms Used in the Cabinet, Chair and Upholstery Branches, with Directions for Varnishing, Polishing and Gilding, W. Smith, London, 1803, p. 118.