Hand Tools

Re: oak
Response To:
oak ()

Warren in Lancaster, PA
White oak was common in period furniture up until the early 18th century. We use it for older reproductions and often for church work. Some denominations are particularly fond of oak styles from the 15th and 16th centuries. We almost always find white oak on spinning wheels in the 18th and well into the 19th centuries.

Somebody once wrote on this forum that the brand of carving tools I use was only good for pine, and that they would crumble if one tried to use them on white oak. At the time I was in the middle of a four month period when I did nothing but carve white oak as fast as I could.

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