Wood glows/ It is a jewel/ Blood, sweat, and toil are the price for its shine/
These hand-bound books detail the process of refinishing floors with my carpenter father and his worker, Pedro. The writing follows each step of the laborious act, describing the toll this work has taken on my father’s body over the course of thirty-five years. The three books are shown alongside a looping eight-hour long video, documenting the sanding, scraping, cleaning, buffing, staining, and finishing of hardwood floors.
The book covers are made with red oak flooring boards. They are treated using the same wood stain and finish as the flooring job described within the book. The words are all hand painted using the wood stain.