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Re: Choices pose interesting speculation on wood s *PIC*

Warren in Lancaster, PA
I suspect that your idea of refinement and aesthetics is not the same as a wealthy gentleman in 18th century Pennsylvania. The figured walnut in these chests is so much more work to prepare that no one would use it at all unless the buyer wanted to pay for it. Here is a chest from Philadelphia:

Note that drawer fronts that were carved were made in straght grain wood, partly because the carving is easier and partly because the figure would detract from the carving. I haven't seen your Connecticut book, but I would guess that a lot of the chests had carvings as the main decoration.

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