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Tips on How to Know the Best Quality of Wood

Aug 17, 2007
While doing the wood carving, it is very important if we can follow the wave. As there are new technology comes out, the better the treatment for the wood is. And this means, there are more types of the woods coming in the market. In this article, we will learn on how it is important to always follow the news in this field.

WOODS, like so many materials we use, are subject to fashion. For instance, pitch pine and mahogany suffered an eclipse at the close of the nineteenth century but now they are again gaining favor.

Fresh treatments and new designs make us see these woods in a different light. Those who can look back far enough remember the pitch pine school desks, still surviving in the 1920's. They were usually ink-stained and scarred and for me associated with being 'kept in' on sunny afternoons. Now less pitch pine is imported but the strong resin-filled grain with its striking pattern would lend itself to modern treatment. A wood craftsman I met recently talked sadly of the time when he burned quantities of pitch pine veneer because at that time it was out of fashion and unsalable. Of course, some woods are more pleasant to carve than others. Some will carve in almost any direction, others are stubborn with difficult grain, and some blunt the tools.

In this article I describe some thirty-five woods which are suitable for carving. The carver should be ready to try any variety of wood that comes his way, provided it is seasoned and little expense is involved. Woods new to this country are continually being imported and exciting discoveries can be made.

A few minutes' work will show the carving qualities of a new wood. The amateur, carving just for his own pleasure, can afford time to experiment on small pieces while the professional carver tends to use woods already proved.

When you go to a lumber or timber yard do not be put off by the look of the outside of a stack of timber. Sometimes it is stacked in the open under a roof but not closed in, a method also used in air seasoning. At first glance the wood may look a uniform grey but its true color will not be revealed until the wood is cut or carved.

Wood as a material is invariably of great interest to those who work with it and in a timber yard you might possibly find men who have been in the trade for years. You will find them knowledgeable and very ready to tell you all they know. Wood that works easily in their machines is likely to carve well also.

Get some direction from the experts or the people who knows the type of the woods which we can use for the wood carving. Just like wood is also subject to fashion, we can ask the guidance on how comfortable the wood is for us if we just a beginner or doing the wood carve as a hobby.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.kitchen-plans-n-designs.com/ , http://www.guidetocollectables.info/ , http://www.goodbudgetholiday.info/
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