American Heirlooms - November 2018

Maple is another variety of wood that offers two different styles. Fans of soft maple will recognize its gray and white tints, while hard maple ranges from brown to a light tan or white. Both wood types are used in furniture and cabinets, but hard maple is seen in bowling alleys, shoe heels, and toys. Also, soft maple can be found in boxes and crates. If you want a sophisticated feel, select a walnut . This wood is known for its grain patterns and reacts well to paints and stains. It’s used primarily for furniture, cabinets, flooring, paneling, and indoor trim. Elm is the opposite of its classic cousin, walnut. It’s grain is wild and unpredictable, and it offers a broad range of colors, such as gray, white, red, and brown. It shapes easily, and like the oak and elm, it is used in farm tools and furniture. If you’re looking for a quality piece of custom furniture, selecting the right wood is the place to start. Seek our craftsmen’s expertise by calling 302-653-2411.

When you order custom pieces of furniture or cabinets, you’re looking for a particular feeling that cannot be replicated on a large scale. The basis for any piece of furniture is the material, and when combined with a craftsman’s custom touch, it accentuates a home’s ambiance. Material requests at our shop have included a tree from someone’s yard, and siding off a barn. These make for great pieces, but the timeless wood styling we specialize in still remains popular. Red oak, maple, cherry, white oak, elm, and walnut each offer a unique feel and style. It’s just a matter of finding the right wood for your project. The oaks , both red and white, are heavy materials with distinct grains. Staying true to its name, red oak offers a red-brown tint, while white oak is golden brown. The sturdy nature of the oak varieties makes it ideal for posts, furniture, farming equipment, and casks. Known for its distinct, deep red-brown coloring, cherry is a hearty wood that bends well. Its grain styling is popular among craftsmen and consumers. It’s common to see cherry used in furniture and kitchen cabinets, but it’s also a popular selection for instrument cases.

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3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kosher salt

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2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

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3/4 cup sugar

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 large onion, peeled and diced 1/4 cup celery, diced 2 large sprigs thyme

1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)

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1. In a large stock pot, bring salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil. Stir until all ingredients are dissolved.

2. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients. Place brine in the fridge, uncovered, until cold.

3. Add 6 quarts cold water to brine. Add turkey and submerge completely. Brine chilled for up to 72 hours.

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