Good topic, BTW.
I agree .. and disagree to a lesser extent.
While I've recently had the opportunity to closely examine many 100 year old
A&C pieces, and in every case the medullary rays were commonly prominent in
the boards with the face showing (providing the finish allowed), I do agree
that there is an unreasonable effort today to show the figure, particularly
when you see modern efforts to "quarter" the legs so that the rays show on
all sides ... totally unnecessary and unreasonable, IMO, but something the
magazine 'experts" seem to constantly harp upon as being important.
That said, use quarter sawn wood for its dimensional stability, which was
definitely a factor in its use during that time, and you are going to get
the rays whether you want them or not.
I buy QSWO for both its appearance and its dimensional stability, take same
time to put the best grain out, match it the best I can with what I have on
hand, and don't worry too much if the rift sawn grain you get in every load
show up in the projects.
IOW, I use what is on hand and available ... and would bet that _is_
keeping with the method, purpose, and tradition of the early A&C movement
... regardless of how much figure shows in the end piece.
In the end, maybe the "finishing" side of the equation is more at the root
of what you perceive to be a problem?
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