Special Edition Rocking Chairs
From time to time, we find extraordinary wood and make a rocking chair of it.
Weeks Rocker in Flame Birch.
Trees grow cells that make long fibers running up the trunk and to the leaves. We commonly call the manifestations of these fibers "grain." These fibers are usually more or less straight along the trunk or limb. But sometimes, for some reason, in some species, the fibers wave and wiggle.
When you cut with the grain of these waving fibers, the surface revealed reflects the light in a distinctive way, and we call the wood curly, or in the case of birch, "Flame."
Birch lumber often offers up a mix of darker heart and lighter sapwood, giving opportunities for contrast and composition.