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KNOW YOUR WOODS

Updated: Jun 8, 2019



While attending the Las Vegas World Market, we stopped in one of the showrooms to look at the exhibits. It is always fun to look at furniture with Lee, especially when they are beautifully made. One of the stores had a really comfortable (and expensive) chair that caught our eye. "That's palm," Lee commented to me while waiting for the seller to get us information. When the seller came back, he described the chair, identifying the wood as palm. Lee looked at me and smiled. "Not very many people recognize this wood," the seller continued. I wasn't surprised since I already knew that Lee knows his woods.


Hardwoods versus Softwoods

Most have heard of the terms "hardwood" and "softwood" and know that hardwoods typically (but not always) come from broad leaves (mostly deciduous trees that drop their leaves). Softwoods, typically from conifers, grow quickly and are commonly used for carpentry. (Common softwoods: pine, spruce, cedar, fir, larch, douglas-fir, hemlock, cypress, redwood, and yew.) Hardwoods, on the other hand, are slow growing, have a higher density, and lower moisture content than softwoods and are often used for fine furniture and cabinets. (Common hardwoods: maple, cherry, oak, walnut, and birch.)

To see examples of Common Hardwoods go to The Wood Database - https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/common-us-hardwoods/)




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