miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

Quartersawn oak at the sawmill

The quarter-sawn stock has it's growth rings perpendicular to its face, which means that it was oriented radially inside of the tree. This kind of boards take much longer to cut from the log, but they are very stable and make for premium quality furniture. In some species such as oak, quarter-sawn stock reveals the medullary rays structure with powerful visual effect. This diagram shows the way the log is cut:


(Image source: http://alleghenymountainhardwoodflooring.com/portfolio/rift-and-quarter-sawn/)



These are some pictures of the milling of a big oak, 50cm in diameter, with quite a splendid grain. 



A log this size is hard to manage and it takes some skills and equipment. Its water content is extremely high, so it is really heavy.



The blade cutting right at the centre of the growth rings.







This piece here is remarkably figured. It will make for a nice desktop I have in my sketchbook. All the other components of that desk will come from the same log for a perfect colour match, so different sections are needed. Thinking ahead is important.




The medullary rays revealing themselves as spots across the timber.





In the end, I got 17 boards, including four spectacular book matched pairs. These are only rough sawn boards. After working them, the beauty and depth of the material will be enhanced much more.




The next step in the process is seasoning the wood, letting it air dry for at least two years so it has time to release most of the stress. It will be cared for and checked regularly. During this period of time design ideas will be seasoned as well and hopefully, only the best ones will prevail.

Slow is good.



Some of my lumber, carefully stacked.


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