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Questions: Summer/Spring Wood

Questions: Summer/Spring Wood

by Byron Will

Originally published in American Lutherie #33, 1993 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three, 2004

Anonymous asks:
I’ve heard people talk about “strong” winter grain in spruce and cedar and others talk about summer growth and spring growth, or summer wood and spring wood. Which is which? Does it depend on where you are? Also there seem to be different ideas about what is desirable. It seems as if violin makers want strong, dark lines and guitar makers don’t care so much.

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