I can tell at a glance the difference between Ash and Hickory, but
question is Chestnut. Is that an American only thing? I do
English were fond of roasted chestnuts.
(Telling the difference between Ash and Hickory is
difficult, and if I had
one and not the other I'd freely substitute one for
the other on any
project, modern or period, personally. )
Here is a
trick I use for materials selections on period projects, since we
over this question in our own way. I determine my mood before
materials. Let's say the project is like the glastonbury chair, that
assuming is made from English Brown Oak
If I am feeling
Super-Duper- Authentic- Period, i get English Brown Oak. The
wood-type used in the original. Preferably OLD wood, taken/reclaimed
the beams of an English barn 500+ years old and as close to the
as possible. (Clearly I am feeling rich when I am in this mood).
I am in
AWE when someone does this. Even when they just import modern,
authentic species, lumber.
If I am feeling Period, I select a
wood that is indiscernable from the
English Brown Oak to most people
(including most of us on this list) on a
cursory examination as an A&S
judge. I'd use North American White Oak, Ash,
Hickory. Maybe Chestnut.
Something open porous that also resembles English
Brown Oak and has very
similar properties for strength and working.
Something you could claim was
actual English Brown Oak in your A&S paper
work and probably get away
with.... (woe betide you getting caught in such a
lie, you miserable cur!)
This mood is impressive and the only shame you feel
on this one is for
lying on the paperwork.
If I am feeling Almost-Period, I select a wood
that will work, but to a
relatively sophisticated laymen is clearly not a
period selection. Black
Walnut, Maple, Beech, White Pine, Birch. Something
I still would enter into
an A&S competition. I'd note the materials
selection in the paperwork.
If I am feeling Not-Period, but Spiffy, I
select anything I can make look
reminiscent of the glastonbury chair.
Plywood, Contruction grade 2x8 Spruce,
pressure-treated Yellow Pine, that
plastice Decking material made from
recycled soda bottles. This project is
probably being made to make the camp
look spiffier and is replacing an ugly
It sounds like YOU are feeling Period or Almost-Period,
but leaning Period.
Incidentally, I usually feel
Period or Almost-Period, my compromising relies
on what I have on hand or
at the lumber yard. Same with other facets like
hardware selection and
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From: Earl Ryan <dyderich@yahoo. com>
Ash a concidered a period wood or is it an American species?
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> From: Haraldr Bassi (yahoogroups) <yahoo@.... org>
To: medievalsawdust@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 1:16:27 PM
> Subject: Re:
[MedievalSawdust] Red or White Oak
> Definitely go with
the white oak. Red oak is an American only species and
have no similar European equivalent. Red oak is often slightly
> than white oak, but the more open pores make it that
> believe you could darken the white oak
to look more like an English Brown
> you wanted to but the
color by itself is good enough. Ash is often
> oak and
might be more accessible price wise in your area.
> THL Isaac MacDaniel wrote:
> > I am going to
make another Glastonbury chair I made the first out of
> > pine to
get the pattern down. Now I want to make one of Oak the
> > question
I have is should I use red or white oak? Which is a closer
> > match
to what they used?
> > Thanks
> > Isaac MacDaniel
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