In this section we describe the types of wood you may find in a period home, and how to identify them.
In a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian building the original pine is usually from the Baltic region, such as Archangel, or from North America. If well-cared for, this pine is amazingly robust. Compared with modern pine, it is:
A further benefit of river transport is that excess sap is washed out.
In the diagram below, note how with 'through cut' timber, the grain varies between each piece, and across the width of it too. With a 'quarter cut', although more waste is produced, the grain is consistent. Warping is far less likely. Most modern timber is through cut.
As a pale wood, oak tends to darken over time.