How do you grade your wood?
We take the following considerations into account when grading our wood:
- The grain; straightness, evenness, closeness and grain runout i.e long or short grain
- Evenness of colour
- Figure; the degree and type of flame
- Tonal qualities
- Natural defects, such as knots etc
Grain: Grain refers to the growth rings in the wood. Straight grain refers to the rings being straight and parallel to each other. Fine grain is when the rings are close together or appear as fine lines. Coarse grain is when the lines are wider apart and more visible.
‘Ribs’ (or set of ribs) is the term used in lutherie to describe the sides of an instrument, or in the case of a lute or mandolin – the bowl back.