The Wood-Worker Volume 16

The Wood-Worker Volume 16

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... he swept the enemy's fleet from off the face of the sea, the Trinity was sunk, King Christian carrying his flag to another ship, as did our own Perry on Lake Erie, nearly 200 years later. The brave old ship lay in its ocean grave for full 240 years, when, in 1881, in making improvements in the harbor where it went down, the hull was found nearly intact. It was raised and much of its solid white oak timber was preserved as relics. The timber is as sound today as on the day when the sttirdy Norsemen felled the tree in the North Sea forest. But more than this can be said: the wood is harder than freshly cut Baltic or North Sea oak, firmer in grain and texture, somewhat heavier and almost as dark as ebony. It takes a polish that no modern oak will take and it is apparently affected but slightly by moisture or dryness, heat or cold. A piece I-x3x6 showed no perceptible increase in bulk and only a slight increase in weight after being immersed accidentally in water over night, and the grain was only slightly raised. In the 240 odd years this wood lay in the sea it lost none of its original beauty. The medullary rays are as prominent and the figure as pleasing as when it was originally cut, while the color is rich in the extreme if one likes dark woods. In the sixteen years since pieces of this oak were raised from the ocean bed where they had rested so long, they have scarcely changed a particle in form or color. The latter grew darker under the oxydizing influence of the air when first taken from the water and while drying, the latter process taking much less time than in the case of freshly cut, green lumber. This is, perhaps, an extreme case, but it is only one of many. Other more modern instances of the long immersion of timber in more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 680g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841328
  • 9781236841322