Lore Of The Woodworker

Today furniture is often made from just one kind of wood. In the old days, when people knew wood better, a simple rocking chair might contain as many as seven kinds of wood. The hard woods were used for pegging, with still harder wood to peg the pegs; soft wood cradled the load and springy woods carried the weight. Old chairs creak during weather changes, and creaking has much to do with their longevity. Wood, as the early craftsmen knew, “breathes” with the weather, warping, contracting or expanding with each change of humidity and temperature.Read more »