PFI Oak Woodgraining Contest Winner

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Once again, Jeremy Taylor has won our PFI oak woodgraining contest.   Pierre judges strictly on talent and it seems that Jeremy’s entry won the prize.  If you think you have a better entry, you better enter the contest next time!!  Jeremy will part with a $50 gift certificate to along with the following spotlight.   Read on for our runner-up who deserves special mention.

Words of Jeremy:

“I love this particular wood for the figure which needs to be studied and practiced, but can also be successfully completed in a one pass process , where as many other woods need two or three stages to complete the work.  Thank you so much again,  I am thrilled to win this contest , makes all the practicing worth while.”

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The  process of graining my oak panel
The base colour I used was BS 08C35 , Dulux Bamboo
Colour palate:  Raw sienna , Raw umber, Burnt umber, mixed into  Proceed low viscosity medium
In the graining of this oak panel , I first brushed in the colour and then used a two inch medium  steel comb pulling the comb down the panel and then repeating the process slightly  overlapping the previous combing until  the whole panel is covered .
I then used a one inch  fine steel comb  held at a 45 degree angle  starting at the bottom of the panel and working up ,  to cross hatch the previous combing  which in return  breaks up the tramline effect  and produces pores marks that are common in this wood.
Wiping out the figure , I use an old  plastic credit card  cut to the shape of my big thumb nail , starting at the top of the panel and working down to produce the silver grain ,the  bigger markings or dapples are usually found  in the centre of the panel with fine supporting subtle  grain which has a rhythmic flow and just seems to fade away.
The heart grain was produced in a similar manner , a negative technique  and using the fine steel comb to cross hatch the grain !Also using a badger or hog hair softener , sable writers ,and pencil over-grainers to complete the work .

Pierre’s response:

Congratulations! I really enjoy your quarter-sawn flakes (medullar rays). Your technique is very reminiscent of the 1930’s German style of woodgraining as it is very crisp. The color is very true to English oak, am I right? I especially appreciate the effort in creating a beautiful and flowing design for your flakes, and the under grain that goes with it.

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A few critiques:  on the left figure graining both knots on either side of the heart are at the same level and almost in the middle of the panel, which makes it a little contrived. Also the bottom of the figure is a bit too narrow in comparison to the mid-section. The upper part of the panel is really beautiful.  I would have liked to see a little more depth in the over glazing especially in the moiré’s, but that’s a personal choice.

Honorable mention, Jan Aakrirke:  

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You were a close second on this contest. We typically do not mention the runner-ups, however I really enjoyed your oak graining on your door panel. Had the contest been “Faux Oak door with Trompe l’oeil” you certainly would have won. The trompe l’oeil is so well done that I have a hard time concentrating on the oak graining. Congrats on the great work, we hope to see you enter in future contests.



About Jeremy Taylor:

Location:  Morayshire, Scotland

Company: since 1994

Training:   1991 at Bill Hollgates, & Mats Carlsson

Services:   Gilding, Signwriting, Graining & Marbling, Historic preservation, decorative painiting specialist in Grampian area of Scotland  at many of there castles and monuments.

Sources and influences:   With the internet today and so many wonderful books on both real and Faux  examples of wood I find myself very lucky to have such a wonderful collection of material .

Time:   2 hours


About Jan Aakrirke:
Company: None
Location: Sweeden
Years in Business: My first

Tools:  Modular brush, badger brush, Pigs Brush, burlap and a pencil.   (Painters Tape)
Medium:  Pigments and Aqua Decor.
Sources and influences: Learned it by Decorative artist Mats Carlsson
Time: 40 hours in 1 week.

Stay tuned for our next contest — enter to win!!


  1. Thanks Pierre , very proud once again to win your contest 🙂

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