January 03, 2009

Oak’s Alluring Ray Fleck Pattern

On a recent trip to Craftsman Farms I had a conversation with the docents about fuming oak. We agreed that there were varying opinions about why Gustav Stickley fumed his oak–some thought it was to “Pop” the ray fleck pattern from the surrounding grain, while others believe he was trying to deaden the appearance of the ray fleck patterns. The more I thought about the contrasting views, the more curious I became. So I decided to do a little poking around and see what I could find.