|A Pied de Biche Mahogany Table with Cypress |
secondary lumber - built by the author.
2) What harvesting technology was available in a specific region / time period?
3) What of those above woods have characteristics conducive to furniture building?
|Two Petite Armories and a Corner Cupboard |
utilizing Cypress and a primary lumber.
|The Walnut and The Cherry Armories|
here feature Cypress secondary lumber.
Notice Sassafras chairs in foreground.
| Interior of a Walnut Armoire showing the |
prevalent use of Cypress in auspicious places
one could hardly consider "secondary."
A common secondary wood. I see it less than Cypress but it is most certainly there.
Sycamore was likely overlooked early on. It is impossible to split and not particularly worth sawing as once sawn it warps and twist terribly during drying. I have not seen any early pieces but I have come across late 19th CenturyHigh Post Beds to feature Sycamore lumber. It was not uncommon to use Sycamore for the corner post, once cured it is surprisingly stable. I see it as a secondary lumber on 20th century and later drawer sides and back panels.
Though abundant in Louisiana I've only seen this one used for chairs - and quite early ones at that.
|French Acadian Table in Pine,|
typically Cypress further south.
|Typical French Acadian |
Table in Cypress
|This door is one single slab |
of Cypress with battens.