We have redwood trees here and one can tell the grain as per the #1 tree or
#2 or #3.
First growth, 2nd growth and on and on.
In typical old growth forests the trees are spaced wide apart and have been
there for 1000's of years some of them that is.
The grain on those trees is very tight and no space.
On a 2nd and 3rd growth tree the grain increases in size with the increase
When the forest is cut, the smaller trees grow real fast, suck up moisture
and climb for the sun.
I would imagine the wider growth tree ring is that.
One that received lots of rain and sun over a shorter period of time.
We call the trees that are rdwd. and wide growth, "popcorn wood"
not sure why either. soft and does not split.
The insects also like the softer large grain wood compared to the tighter #1
"Paul" wrote in message ...
The piece on the right I bought at Rockler, the left piece I ordered on
line. The Rockler piece seems tighter, or finer grained. For what I do with
it, drill holes basically, the holes are much, much, smoother and cleaner.
Is the difference in this wood due to moisture during growing, how fast it
grows, or something else. The online ordered basswood may be fine for
carving, I dunno, but for me, it's junk.