What wood do you use and why?
In the early days of woodworking furniture was built of what was available locally. For example, the “Dutch” communities in Pennsylvania worked with walnut and cherry for furniture, hickory for wagon wheels and hoops. In Europe, prior to the import of Mahoganies,etc, a great majority of furniture was built of the most common woods nearby – oaks, pine, walnut etc. Similarly locally indigenous woods are used around the world. Now, fine woods are almost always available, for a price, at a reasonably close supplier.
Do you, whether or not it’s a studio piece or building of known style, use a wood that is local or in the case of types of furniture tend to go with what is mostly used? (i.e. A &C with QS white oak)
For example, I use a lot more claro -because it’s nearby, a lot more alder — same reason (and also that getting great cherry this side of the Allegheny is problematic) big leaf, and some better hardwoods out of British Columbia. I won’t necessarily make a A&C piece out of QS.
So again, what do you use and why?
(Lataxe – we know where you get your wood — would that we could all be so blessed!)
Talk amongst yourselves 🙂