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About Slow Growth

Slow Growth is better!

The slower a tree grows the tighter and more even are its growth rings.  Tightness of the growth rings has a substantial effect on the grain in the flat plane of the board.  The tighter grain results in a more vivid grain contrast resulting in a more beautiful board.



The above picture demonstrates the effect of growth rate for Black Walnut on the end grain (growth rings) and the planed surface for: S-slow growth, M-medium growth, F-fast growth.



Sorry about the picture.  It’s a Forrest Service black and white photo.  Please contact us if you know of a better photo.



What you are supposed to see from the photo is that as you progress from slow to fast growth the grain on the planed surface widens towards the appearance of softwoods such as pine.






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