Given the choice between a hardwood retailer’s top-quality lumber, its second-best, or its lowest quality, you’ll ask for the best every time, right? Great lumber lurks in those lower-grade bins.
With beautiful eyes and gorgeous figure, burls are prized by turners, high-end furnituremakers, and veneer manufacturers. So how can an average Joe Woodworker hook up with free burls? Read on!
In the May 2007 issue of WOOD magazine, issue 176, we featured an article titled The Many Faces of Maple.
"Ambrosia" is a term that's commonly applied to lumber from eastern red and silver maples that has streaks of color caused by an infestation of the ambrosia beetle.
Angel Stairs or Angel Step is a figure pattern found in lumber cut from trees that have twisted trunks, and is common in maples and walnuts.
Bird's-eye is the name for a figure pattern most often associated with hard maple (acer saccharum), but I have found it in many other species, including koa, black walnut, cherry, Tasmanian blackwood, and a few rosewoods.