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HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« on: March 23, 2009, 08:57:51 PM »

I've just purchased an old Hohner presswood and have been trying to fathom out how the colour variation between the raised (lighter bit) and the background (darker bit) is achieved.   ???

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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 09:38:10 PM »


Hi Martyn,

that looks in great condition, mine is quite faded in comparison. Could the process go something like this:

1.the planed timber is put in a press with a die to give the embossed effect, hence presswood I guess.

2. Woodstain is then applied to the panel, then some kind of mechanical flat squeejee is run across the surface very accurately so the stain is removed from the raised bits but remains in the indentations.

well it is late.........
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 10:08:37 PM »


On the other hand if the woodstain was applied to the die in the press.

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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 12:32:53 AM »

Perhaps the metal press used to stamp the wood is hot and burns the wood a bit in the indentations, then the higher spots are sanded a bit returning it to the natural blond color of the wood. Or it could just be old fashioned voodoo magic. >:E
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 03:29:58 AM »

My guess:  Heat and pressure are applied to create the darker color, then the whole thing is sealed/varnished/finished (not sure of the term) to give a uniform finish.
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 12:55:58 PM »

Great guessing game - has anyone asked Hohner ? :-\
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009, 02:38:50 PM »

My guess would be that after going through the die the whole thing would be stained and then a belt sander would take off the top layer from the raised section. Then the whole thing gets a clear varnish or whatever the finish is so that it looks homogeneous.
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 03:58:31 PM »

Great guessing game - has anyone asked Hohner ? :-\
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2009, 04:10:04 PM »

I remember the 100 years of Hohner Accordions book offering a blurb, something about a unique process of heat and pressure being applied to the cabinet, etc.  Does anyone own a copy?
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009, 05:17:32 PM »

I remember the 100 years of Hohner Accordions book offering a blurb, something about a unique process of heat and pressure being applied to the cabinet, etc.  Does anyone own a copy?

I think the term pokerwork referred to this process.  The same term is applied to pressed patterns in wood other than on accordions.  I don't think pokerwork was ever a Hohner term.
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Re: HOHNER PRESSWOOD
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2009, 03:06:44 AM »

I don't think pokerwork was ever a Hohner term.

I've old Hohner catalogues, going back as early as 1930, that describe it as "poker work".
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