Defect or Natural Characteristic?

  • April 7, 2015
  • by Ang Schramm

So often I hear the term “defect” interchanged liberally with the word “characteristic,” and it almost always makes me cringe. If we don’t understand the difference, we make it difficult to communicate, and confusion soon ensues. What IS the difference? A defect, in terms of decorative hardwood and softwood veneered panel products, is, in the […]

Sizing-up Finishing Challenges

  • December 10, 2014
  • by lwinkler

 Volume 17 Figure in wood… …is a general purpose term used to designate various appearance characteristics that develop through either the normal growth of a tree, external influences on a tree, or even a particular method of removing veneer from a log.  While figure is certainly desirable because of its individual beauty and elegance, it […]