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Re: Wood selection for Period drawer fronts

Rafael
Bill,
I think it's a stretch to infer lack of care in the choice of lumber just because the examples you are showing don't agree with our contemporary aesthetic preferences. We can speculate about their motivations, but we should be careful not to inject our own notions about what's proper design.

In my father's workshop, in the 70s, 80s and 90s, they routinely used Honduran mahogany for many of the high end pieces he made for his clients. They finished the pieces with something they called "pore cover" which was a very thick stain and other materials that filled the pores of the mahogany that basically hid all the wood grain. In retrospective I wonder why they didn't leave the wood grain visible, but that's what they did and what his clients bought. I have some of his pieces at home and they show that same treatment. I don't think there is a right or wrong, that's just how they did things.

Cheers,
Rafael

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