|Forum topic by davej77||posted 07-09-2015 10:15 PM||502 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
07-09-2015 10:15 PM
Have any of you seen ribbons of fuzzy grain in old longleaf pine ?
I got hold of a beautiful 12 ft long beam of longleaf pine that had been salvaged from an old building in New Orleans. The length of the beam is straight, tight grain and most if it is very smooth and hard as a rock, but small ribbons of grain (anywhere from 1-3 inches wide x 3-8 inches long) have a quite fuzzy texture. Fuzzy is the best term I can think of to describe it.
The beam was a ceiling beam and was roughly sawn. I assumed the fuzzy texture was from a dull saw when it was milled but several passes through a planer and a lot of hard sanding does little to make these sections smooth.
I would love to know what has caused this. I’m not going to try to stain this wood – it’s very dark and needs no enhancement, so that’s not an issue. It’s just a mystery (to me) that begs to be solved.