Since 2005, I have been stockpiling local hardwoods. These are full flitches (entire logs) milled to my specifications for furniture making and stacked on pallets. Most slabs have two live edges.
All of this material has been slowly and patiently air-dried for at least 3 years. It’s a process that is not widely used commercially due to the time requirement, but the quality of the material is so much better than kiln-dried.
These are some of the primary benefits of air-dried wood.
- Can be bent in tighter curves and with higher success rates.
- The material feels less brittle and works easier.
- Less tendency to warp as it is being worked.
- Some say that the colours of air-dried material are more vibrant.
For the first time, I am offering the wood from my private woodshed to the general public. Cataloguing everything takes time, and I will continue to add more as time permits. Subscribe to my blog to be notified when I post more pictures of wood available.
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
One of the hardest, heaviest and stiffest domestic timbers, black locust bends well and tends to machine cleanly. A slicing cut with a sharp plane or chisel can yield a polished, reflective surface. Black locust has exceptional rot resistance and glues and finishes well.
Its physical properties and attractive colour and grain pattern make it a good choice for furniture, veneer, flooring, decking, turnings and carvings.
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
A relative to the highly sought-after black walnut, butternut shares the same grain patterns but the colour is lighter – similar to the shades of bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum).
Butternut is also lighter in weight and softer than black walnut, making it an ideal wood for working with hand tools and is popular for carvings. Other common uses include furniture and boxes. It is an ideal material to use for a sculpted/carved panel, contrasting with a comparatively simple frame. It is also ideal for chair seats for the same reasons pine is the traditional seat material in a windsor chair.
It works well with both hand and power tools and glues and finishes well. Butternut is a great wood to work with – especially for beginners.
Elm (Ulmus americana)
A medium-density wood with pale sapwood and warm brown heartwood, elm often exhibits a coarser grain pattern.
Most elm trees do not grow very large and consequently it is rare to find elm mature enough to exhibit a substantial amount of darker heartwood. Pockets of in-grown bark is typical of this species, lending to the unique look of elm.
Elm works well, and common uses include furniture, boxes and veneer.
Understanding the Pictures
Front and back of each slab is shown, and average size is listed in the description.
Click an image, then choose “View Full Size”. Sizes of each face are written on the wood.
All prices in Canadian dollars. Buyer is responsible for shipping costs.
Contact me for more information, or to purchase. Cell phone: 778-318-4664 / E-mail: Chris@FlairWoodworks.com