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Fine Hardwoods Bring Dimension to Design
A wide spectrum of colors, from pale almond tones and citron-yellows to tawny browns and deep sultry black-browns, occurs naturally in the fine hardwoods. Exciting tints and shades of red, yellow, violet, orange, green, and gray further enhance wood’s beauty. In addition, special finishes can be applied to expand the natural color range of hardwoods to make unlimited color effects available to the consumer and craftsman.
In the hands of a true craftsman, hardwoods can be used to produce unlimited creative effects. Some woods have a silky look with ever-changing highlights and shadows, while others are strong, sturdy, and rugged in character. The infinite variety of grain and figure patterns along with beautiful color and textures found in the different hardwoods enable the architect or designer to select a wood that will express an exact mood and create the perfect look. That mood can be friendly or intimate, formal or informal, austere or lavish, casual or sophisticated.
Within each species, a wide range of figure and grain patterns is available. Like fingerprints, the grain patterns in any two trees are never exactly alike. Unlike the monotonous, repeating patterns of wood imitations, the natural grain variations of genuine woods blend with each other in perfect concord.
Depending on the look you want, the different wood grains can be combined in formal matched designs or arranged in a more casual layout. Hardwoods can be presented in solid lumber form, as a veneered plywood unit, or in highly engineered combinations of solids and veneers for added strength and beauty.
But, having selected the species, desired figure and grain patterns, and matching arrangement, you have only begun to take advantage of wood’s great versatility as a design medium. Hardwoods can be carved, molded, shaped, or bent. They can also be inlaid or overlaid, or even combined with other woods or materials to create striking visual effects.
Because they are so versatile, hardwoods have remained the mark of fine quality and prestige for centuries and are the preferred medium for many designers and architects. No other material offers such inspiration for originality of design, with such pleasing results.
The natural grain and figure patterns inherent in each species add a visual dimension of depth to products made from fine hardwoods. These grain markings and natural character marks add to surface interest and give each piece a distinct personality. Highlights and shadows within the wood form an ever-changing panorama of beauty as light strikes the piece from various angles.
Wood is pleasant to the touch and friendly to the eye. Because it is not a heat conductor, wood is warm in winter, yet cool in summer. This natural warmth and depth, absent from many man-made substitutes, makes wood furnishings and interiors inviting and comfortable – the perfect choice for today’s environment.