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Variations in Color or Finish


Variations in Color or Finish

This is the fine print section of our website. Since the majority of switchplates are handmade, each one should be considered a unique piece of art. Variations in color, finish and size may exist and are characteristic of handmade designs. Like almost anything made with natural elements, color can portray some variations.

Wooden Switchplates
Wood is a natural material, with variations in color, texture and figure. These variations are influenced by the natural growing process and are uncontrollable by the woodworker. The color of wood within a tree varies between the sapwood (the outer layers of the tree which continue to transport sap), which is usually lighter for color than the “heartwood” (the forner layers for which the cells have become filled with natural deposits). Various species produce different grain patterns (figures), which influence the selection process. There will be variations of grain patterns within any selected species. The architectural woodworker cannot select solid lumber cuttings within a species by grain and color for the same manner for which veneers may be selected. Color, texture and grain variations will occur in the finest architectural woodworking.

                                                                                                                       Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards, 7th Edition, Version 1.0, 1997

Brass, Copper, Nickel Switchplates
Metal switchplates that are photo-etched or acid etched all react differently to the process depending on the purity of the metal content. Therefore those that are hand made of metal may have a different finish to them. Again, each one is an individual with its own personality.


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