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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

Burl walnut,   pp. 501-502 PDF (743.5 KB)

Page 501

The Wisconsin Lumberman.
point in that trade from Ottawa to
Florida, and from St. John to San
Francisco, will suggest this fact. We
were more than ever impressed with
it, as we endeavored, for the purpose
of illustrating our statement on this
point, to collate the present in some
sort of table or other form, the vari-
ous terms, applied at different points
to the same quality of lumber, and
found that we could not satisfy our-
selves as to what terms corresponded
throughout to each other in the vari-
ous tables. We might do so with a
tolerable assurance of accuracy on
some points, but as to others we were
wholly "at sea."
We have said that this work of re-
ducing to system and uniformity
would be difficult and not of immedi-
ate accomplishment. Should it be
performed with entire thoroughness
and to the satisfaction of the trade it
will only after a long period, be uni-
versaliy accepted and used. It can
only be effected by the hearty co-
operation of the trade throughout
the country. The committee will, we
are assured be pleased to receive
copies of any printed documents such
as the laws of any state. the regula-
tions of any district or association,
having a bearing in this subject.
Suggestions also from gentlemen,
connected with the trade in any part
of the country, may very essentially
aid them in their important and diffi-
cult work. Communications on this
subject may be addressed to the
chairman of the committee, P. B.
Merrilly Esq., of Messrs. N. Shaw &
Co., Williamsport, Pa.-Boston Lum-
ber Trade.
During the year 1872, the Adriatic
supplied Marseilles with 6,000,000
staves; the United States with 125,-
0000; and the Black Sea with about
100,000, principally Odessa and Poti.
In the same year, 9,000loads of tim-
and 6,000 planks were received from
the Adriatic. The Baltic supplied
50,000 dozen of planks and deals;
Canada sent 6,000 deals and 500
loads of oak timber; 250 loads of
pitch pine from Florida were also
Burl, or French walnut is noted
and prized for its variety of fine fig-
ures and its hard, fine grain, or, per-
haps, more properly speaking, its ab-
sence of grain. In these qualities it
is superior to rosewood or mahogany,
and the wood itself is susceptible to
a high degree of polish, requiring a
comparatively short space of time
only for manipulation. This wood,
too, is remarkable for its beauty, and
it would be difficult to find two ven-
eers alike in figure or color unless
cut from the same block, and even
then there would be perceptible
marks of difference. This very beau-
ty should tend to make the wood
choice, but in America the demand
for it is so great that it is used un-
sparingly on every article of furni-
ture from the cheapest bedstead to
the costiliest cabinet. It would be
useless to urge economy in its appli-
cation in that country where a piece
valued at twenty-five cents placed on
an eight or ten dollar bedstead will
yield an extra two dollars, but it does
seem a pity that this fine wood
should be wasted on cheap work.
Four or five years ago burl waln ut
was a rarity used only on fine work,
and then in moderate quantity only;
hence it was duly appreciated. Now
fine work is covered. with it, and
cheap work has patcLes of it here
and there without regard to design
or meaning. If it must be used in-
discriminately, let it bv all means be
put on tasty panels that have a sig-
nificance. The manner in which
panels are finished on some cheap
work is truly horrible. The grains
are imperfectly filled without any
rubbing down, and then covered with
a coat of cheap shellac. Frames for

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