Recently I have had some questions from readers and others about woods other than oak for joined work. So here is a joined stool frame made from ash, riven in the same manner as oak, and worked green. It handles a little differently, but the work proceeds the same.
I have seen some period examples using ash, others use walnut (English and American) also. I recently looked at a chest of drawers at the Museum of Fine Arts that was principally made of cedrela (now usually called Spanish Cedar). Cedrela is related to mahogany, but some species of cedrela are ring-porous, meaning they can be riven with ease…
And finally, a reminder to keep your eyes open. On one of my trips to England I was caught off-guard when Victor Chinnery showed me a walnut joined chair that is featured on the cover of his book Oak Furniture: The British Tradition:
2 thoughts on “there’s woods other than oak?”
I suppose oak is so common in historical work because it can be riven so easily into planks?
I think there might be several reasons for oak’s prominence; it grows to large size, it has great durability, carves well, and yes, rives easily into boards, etc…
but much oak was sawn in English work too…so there’s more than one reason for its long-standing status as a first-rate furniture & woodwork choice.