- Mar 17, 2007
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I agree with that Peter. But aside from the slow growth=greater density issue....you can also take into consideration the aging/seasoning effect on the cellular structure of wood that has been sitting for a long time.The picture above seems correct for the difference between commercially farmed wood and "old growth". I would say there is little difference between pieces of lumber that were cut 100 yrs ago and now, if it is not commercially farmed and the growing conditions where essentially the same. Trees that grow in a forest or in a more norther climate have shorter growing periods and may struggle for light creating a tighter grain. Rapidly Renewable wood sources for construction purposes - like Spruce - Pine - Fir are planted a certain distance apart in open fields and grow extremely fast. I think it is a <10 to 15 year growth cycle to qualify as RR, which is good to use for construction.
I bet you could fine wood that looked exactly like the 1918 picture if it were grown in a dense forest and had a shorter growing season. But you wouldn't find 2"x4"s in home depot with that tight grain.
haha...true that. Those two pieces don't even look like the same species. The bottom one (1918) looks like Douglas Fir.This is one of those 'lies, damn lies and statistics scenarios as has been said. Comparing framing pine to furniture or luthier wood is hardly an illustrative example.
HiI agree with that Peter. But aside from the slow growth=greater density issue....you can also take into consideration the aging/seasoning effect on the cellular structure of wood that has been sitting for a long time.
Just any tree will not do when combing a forest in Switzerland for the perfect musical wood - its age, the weather and even the position of the moon help to craft the warmest, fullest notes.
Pellegrini is a tree picker. He will find you the spruce in 10,000 that is just right. He will find you the "Stradivarius tree".
"Lentement, lentement, lentement," he says. "Slowly, slowly, slowly".
That's how violin trees should grow.
...Because, apparently, the gravitational pull of the moon does not only tug the waters of the sea and make the tides, it tugs up the sap.