As you may know from a Lost Art Press event (or at last summer’s Lie-Nielsen open house), I’m always delighted to light a torch and demonstrate shou sugi ban – the Japanese art of charring wood to preserve and protect it. What can I say…I like playing with fire – but only in a controlled and at least semi-safe environment.
So while editing the translation of Jogge Sundqvist‘s “Slöjd in Wood.” I was interested to read that an accepted practice in Sweden for disposing of linseed oil-laden rags is to burn them.
“Dispose of oily rags properly. In Sweden, we burn rags or soak them in water and put them in a sealed plastic bag. The oxidization process produces heat, so spontaneous combustion of rags or paper is a danger.”
To that, safety-conscious editor that I am, I added, “In the U.S., the accepted practice is to spread them out and hang them to dry. When they are fully dry, throw them away in a lidded, metal trashcan.”
But you know I tried it. (We had to christen the Lost Art Press Lido Deck somehow!)
Turns out linseed oil-impregnated rags burn pretty well.
“Slöyd in Wood” is due out in early 2018 from Lost Art Press.