Monday, 30 May 2016
Wood structure is like a bundle of drinking straws. Under a microscope the end grain of wood you can see the many tubes and vessels that are bound together to form the wood structure. These ‘drinking straws’ were used to transport water and nutrients up and down the tree when it was growing. We know that water can enter the end grain of wood 1000 times quicker than water entering the side (tangential or radial) face as the water is drawn up the ‘straws’ by capillary action.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Friday, 29 January 2016
Oak is the most widely used hardwood. There are more than 60 species of oak grown in the U.S., which can be separated into two basic varieties; white and red. The red variety is also known as black oak.Oak is a heavy, strong, light colored hardwood. It is ring porous, due to the fact that more and
larger conductive vessels are laid down early in the summer, rather than later. Prominent rings and large pores give oak a course texture and prominent grain. Oak also has conspicuous medullary rays which can be seen as "flakes" in quarter sawed oak lumber.
Oak is the most popular wood used to craft American and English country designs. It is also used for
Gothic and William & Mary reproductions, as well as many transitional and contemporary pieces.