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Log lessons you can use at the lumberyard

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End grain at a glance

End grain at a glance

Like a palm reader who can tell your whole life story by looking at the lines in your hand, you can learn the story of the board from the end-grain lines. As you can see right, reading the curvature of the growth rings lets you estimate the size of the tree, where the board came from in the tree, as well as letting you predict what that means for the grain appearance and stability of the board.

Continued on page 3:  Look for layered logs


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