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[Cob] Linseed oil againjane at kirstinelund.dk jane at kirstinelund.dk
Tue Sep 21 23:32:16 PDT 2004
Just read some information about linseed oil from a local manufacturer. First: The interesting thing about linseed oil is not how fast it dries, but how well it hardens. It is the hardening that makes a protective surface. Second: It is true (like i was told by north swedish wood nerds) that linseed oil made from flax grown in cool climates are the best quality. The cold makes the plant produce more of the acis which makes the oil harden. It does not have to be northern scandinavia or similar zones, however. A cool temperate climate like ours in Denmark is sufficient. Third: According to these people the mecanically pressed oil is clearly of the best quality (contrary to what someone wrote sometime ago to the list). I guess the chemical additives to cooked linseed oil somehow makes up for the (possible) lesser quality. And maybe mecanically pressed linseed oil really HAS to be grown in cool climates to be any good at hardening. I can give you the link, but it won't be any good to most of you as the page is in danish: http://www.jyno.dk/ And a thought: Does anyone know what happens if you mix lime and linseed oil to make a protective surface? Will it give a double protection or will the two components somehow negate each other? As soap is made from basic liquid and fat I have the idea that the strongly basic lime and the oil may turn itself into something soap-like, but now people write about soap as surface protection, so maybe that would be a good thing. Jane
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