I have dealt with this problem for years, and successfully argued my points with A&S entries to the point where I don't lose points for using new world lumber. Basically, here is the argument,
The viking burial ship Oseberg circa 834 had 5 beds, four of one type and the better known "dragon bed" The burial ship Gokstad circa 900 had 6 beds all the same type which differed from the Oseberg beds in only three ways, some different decorative cuts at the top of the bed posts, some drilled holes for unknown reason, and the type of wood. All of the beds on the Gokstad were Beech while all of the beds on the Oseberg were Oak.
Christensen, Arne Emil, Professor. The Vikings. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway. 1996.
Nicolaysen, Nicolay. Langskibet Fra Gokstad Ved Sandefjord. The Viking-Ship Discovered at Gokstad
in Norway. 1882. Reprint by Books on Demand. 2001.
Now why the difference? Here is my theory, when some chieftain died they went to the local woodworker and said "Hey Sven, we need these beds made by next week, we gotta put him in the ground before he starts to smell". And Sven looked at his stock of wood in the pile, and said "Hmm, I have this Beech already to go, I'll use it" and similarly for the other ship using Oak. To me the fact that two sets of the same furniture were made in the same region with different materials is an excellent argument for using what you have on hand.
I have made a chest out of Sycamore and entered it in A&S and lost no points making that argument. So use the wood you have available that fits your financial means, and meets the requirements of the project. Obviously you can't use Pine to replace Oak where strength is required. And I never use plywood, except if prototypes and mock ups. And if you use pressboard someone should smack you on the head :P
Most of all, Have Fun, Make Stuff!
On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:34 AM, Colleen Vince <42vince@...>
Maple was used alot in woodturning in england. It was particularly used in anything food related. The closed grain prevented nasty gunk sticking to the wood, and it didn't change the taste of the food or beverage that was in contact with the wood.
Lots of wood finds are found in York excavations. Don't know about large objects, but bowls plates, plateers, cups, boxes, mazers... all were made of Maple.