Things you Should Know about Wood

Things you Should Know about Wood

  • Wood is classified into two kinds viz., hardwood and softwood. However, it has been noted that some hardwoods are softer than the commonly used softwoods and vice versa.
  • Each type of wood also has distinctive characteristics in their grain. The grain in wood refers to the stripes that are created due to growth rings. While some kind of wood may possess tight grain that indicates of slow growth, others may be widely spaced, which indicates faster growth.
  • The growth rings indicate the age of the wood. The more the number of rings, the higher is the age.
  • Different types of wood have distinctive ‘figures’, or markings, such as spalting, fiddle-back, bird’s eye, pomelle, ray, and quilting. These so-called figures in wood are created due to different color shades that are most probably the result of the grain structure.
  • Wood is a durable, recyclable, and biodegradable resource, which is rich in carbon content.
  • Apart from being used for a variety of purposes including construction, flooring, furniture-making, ship-building, sports equipment, and musical instruments, wood is also a very valuable fuel.
  • The strength of the wood is inversely proportional to its moisture content. Thus, the drier the wood, the higher is its strength.
  • Wood has been used as a raw material for fencing in America since last 400 years due to the fact that it is inexpensive, light, strong, and durable.
  • Wood can survive for several hundred years. California has the longest surviving tree, a Bristlecone pine which is 5,000 years old.
  • Wood-carving is a traditional cottage industry in many regions of the world, and handicrafts thus produced hold a high value in international markets.

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