Reading grain direction

Can someone direct me to an article, book or website where I can learn how to read grain direction?
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The May/June 2003 issue of WoodenBoat has an article by Ray Speck entitled "Reading the slope of wood grain - know what to look for in bending stock".. Ray is a teacher at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Washington, and a local boat builder. The article is oriented toward selecting bending stock for steam-bent frames. Lots of drawings and pictures, and a bibliography for future reading.
Regards, Tom Dacon

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________________ ////////////////////////////// > = grain direction ________________
Bad ASCII art drawing above. Look at edge of board the grain is usually running like petting a cats fur.Pet the face of the board and see how it feels. If rough that's the wrong grain direction. Some wood has grain running two different ways or changes in the middle of the piece. Try using a block plane set very fine and do a test cut, on the board. If it tears out, try a different direction.Angle the plane at about 30 degrees to the edge of the board when trial cutting, maybe 45. Good luck. Some wood has really wild grain and you are just are forced to sand it. Like Birdseye maple. Sometime wetting the wood will raise the grain enough to show you the direction of said grain.

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