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Grain Orientation and Wood Movement, Part 1

11 Oct 2012 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Wood is hygroscopic. This means that it will absorb water when the relative humidity increases and lose water when the relative humidity decreases. As wood absorbs moisture it swells and as it loses moisture it shrinks. This swelling and shrinking varies across the three main planes of the wood grain: tangential, radial and longitudinal. Knowing […]


18 Sep 2012 / 1 Comment / in Chairmaker's Journal

One of the most exciting things about chairmaking is the seeing the transformation of a rough board into a bent chair leg. This morning I was preparing a pair of rocker legs for a student who is coming here in October for a class. Because the rocker is such a complex chair I do all […]