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Giltwood

Giltwood refers to a surface finish that has been treated with a layer of gold leaf to give it an elegant and dazzling look. This gilding technique has been used for centuries to detail furniture, sculptures, and picture frames.

Giltwood is traditionally applied to woods that are optimal for carving, such as limewood, pine, and beech, these are plain woods unlike walnut, mahogany, or oak. The surface is built up with bol and gesso, it is cut back, details carved and gold leaf applied.  The entire process is very time-consuming, but the result is worth it – a highly ornamental and beautiful mirror or piece of furniture.

Water gilding with gold leaf on red bole.
Water gilding a carved wooden scroll with gold leaf on red bole.

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