November 2014 - January 2015
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November 29 & 30, 2014
Armouries, Maple Creek, SK
16TH Annual
Antique & Collectable
Show & Sale
January 31 & February 1, 2015
Armouries, Maple Creek, SK
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm
Admission $4.00 • Lion’s Food Booth
Call for information.
ay the bells of Christmas-tide bring joy to you
and yours, just as there was music heard that
Holy Night in Bethlehem so long ago when
Mary gave birth to baby Jesus.
The music came from the tinkling of the bells worn
by the sheep in the flock grazing in the hills surrounding
Bethlehem. It was the perfect accompaniment to the
songs the angles sang to announce and celebrate this
momentous birth. Even the bells worn by the animals in
the stable where Jesus was born added festive notes as a
pious greeting of welcome.
To this day bells represent jubilation, like these bells
did centuries ago, expressing joy and reverent thanks.
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
There old, familiar carols play
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to man Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882
Editor’s Comment
Welcome to the Nov 2014 - Jan 2015 issue of Discovering
ANTIQUES. A CORRECTION from the Sept/Oct issue. The
description of the cover image should have read biscuit and
porcelain (not enamel) BELLEEK Ice Pail.
CLARIFICATION: In the Sept/Oct Editor’s Comment
I asked your opinion of a picture of a sign. That sign was
originally found on the Internet and posted by an advertiser
on a Facebook page. I saw the picture and chose to share it
with you. That shop does not have any of the signs, nor is
one of the signs located outside the shop.
Merry Christmas to all, and may 2015 be fantastic! When
visiting one of our advertisers, please let them know that
you saw their ad in Discovering ANTIQUES.
Jan Mather, Editor
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VOLUME 16 - NO. 5 2014
Discovering ANTIQUES
Jan Mather
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Contributing Writers
Fred Hauck
Susan Holme Manyluk
remembering world war 1
then and now – a profile
shows & auctions
soup’s on
wonderful world of wood
- part 2
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Jan Mather
Catharina VanTooren
Front Cover: A wooden Norwegian
Rosemalling sled from HolmeHus Antiques,
Red Deer. Thanks, Susan
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November 2014 - January 2015 • 7 WORLD
by Fred Hauck, Collector, Redcliff, AB
A ugust 4, 2014 marked the 100th
Anniversary of the start of the First
World War. With this anniversary
I felt it import to talk about the
reason we still enjoy our freedom in
Canada and most parts of the world. I
only know of one relative that served in the “Great
War” as it was called. This person was my great
grandfather, Frank Edgar Lewis Pond. He was 26
years old in 1916 when he signed up in Stettler,
AB. Prior to enlisting, he was a farmer in Erskine,
AB. He served with the 50th Battalion C.E.F.
(Canadian Expeditionary Forces). I honestly don’t
know much about him; and the only person who
did know him was his wife, my great grandmother
who died in 1981. Both my maternal grandparents
were World War II veterans and as my mother grew
up, the war was never talked about. It wasn’t until
the grand kids came along that my grandfather
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November 2014 - January 2015 • 9 Women wearing men’s uniform jackets and hats with rifles on their shoulders.
opened up about experiences in Europe. Very little is known
about my family’s experiences in World War I as it was never
discussed so most of the information is lost. The little I
know will be shared here.
My great grandfather was mustard gassed overseas
and came home to Calgary where he received treatment for
his respiratory ailments at the Sunnyside Hospital, a World
War I hospital for the veterans. While there he met my great
grandmother, Emma Jane Crowe. They married and had
a son Bert who later joined the Royal Canadian Air Force
during World War II. When my great grandfather died on
Christmas Day, 1923, my great grandmother was pregnant
with my grandmother who was born one month and 1 day
later, January 24, 1924. She was named Francis after her
father. My great Uncle Bert vaguely remembers his Dad as
he was only four years old when his father died. My great
grandmother never remarried and raised two children
alone in Calgary.
This Easter (2014) I inherited my mother’s family
photograph collection. In it are a lot of World War I
photographs, more than I had ever seen before from one
family. Included in this collection were two Silver Crosses.
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These medals were given to families who had lost loved
ones killed as a result of war. These belonged to my great
grandfather Frank Pond and my grandmother’s first
husband, Ted Ogden who died in World War II overseas
while serving with a Manitoba Regiment. Lake Ogden in
Manitoba is named after him. These medals and a Red
Cross arm band were all part of the collection I inherited.
My grandfather served with the Calgary Highlanders as
a stretcher bearer. Some of the photographs are very graphic
images of injured soldiers, and some are just good images of
that time. One picture I found interesting shows some of the
members of the 50th Regiment wearing ladies hats and shawls
and a second picture has women wearing the men’s hats and
tunics holding 303 rifles. Just a bit of fun I suppose to take
their minds off the situation they were facing.
I do wish I knew more, but unfortunately I don’t;
however with the vast amount of pictures a little more of my
great grandfather’s life has been revealed to me.
I was raised in Redcliff, Alberta, and as it turns out,
Redcliff had a great showing when it came to World War I
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Antiques &
This shop is a collector’s dream with a
constantly changing array of antique silver, china,
collectables and furniture donated to Heritage Park
through our Heritage Heirloom Program.
Winter Hours:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily
Located before the gates in
Heritage Town Square
One of the Redcliff factories had a World War I
involvement. The Redcliff Motor Co., which I discussed
in the last (September/October 2014) issue, produced the
Redcliff truck. The Canadian military purchased a few of
these trucks for use during World War I. The truck factory
went broke and the Canadian Foundry and Machine Co.
took over producing ammunition for the army.
Frank Pond WWI
involvement. The population of Redcliff in 1914 was 2400.
The number of men from Redcliff who took part in World
War I was 249. One man who signed up was Redcliff’s first
mayor, Ed Danelz (originally from Minnesota); another was
from England but had moved to Redcliff. He was R. Dunsire
and was the recipient of the Victoria Cross. A later mayor, H.
J. Cox was also a World War I veteran. After the war, he ran
a delivery service using his Model T truck. His ad mentioned
that he was a “Great War Veteran.” Many of the boys from
Redcliff never returned and were greatly missed. Some of
them were with the 3rd C.M.R.’s (Canadian Mounted Rifles).
Field of Honour World War I Calgary, AB
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Frank & Emma Pond with son Bert, about 1920
Medicine Hat also took part in World War I. The
Esplanade Museum in Medicine Hat currently has a great
display paying tribute to the First World War. The display,
called “Medicine Hat’s War, 1914 – 1918” showcases the
involvement of Medicine Hat and the surrounding area in
World War I. There are a lot of artifacts, some borrowed
from other museums, which tell the local story. This has
been in the works for three years. If you are in the area it is
well worth seeing.
This November 11th remember all the veterans, past
and present, and their sacrifice.
November 2014 - January 2015 • 13 THEN & NOW
by Jan Mather, Editor
hen was 1990. The MacDonalds - Shane, Joanne
and three-year old daughter Terri, left Prince
Edward Island where well-paying employment
was very difficult to find, and drove west to
Calgary. Like so many others before, and since, this young
family was looking for new beginnings. In 1999, Shane
moved from a retail sales position to working for a stove
restoration company in Airdrie. He was introduced to, and
learned about, restoring cast iron stoves. Shane is quoted as
saying that for some reason he just understood how all the
parts for the stove worked and fit together. After six months,
he decided to go out on his own and in September 1999,
Vintage Stove Restoration Inc. came to be.
Shane and Joanne
In between, those 15 years are filled with triumphs,
failures, ups and downs and most of all, lots and lots of hard
work! But not only the mental kind of work (although that
was important, too), no, this was the kind of hard work you
have to “put your back into” and give it lots of “elbow grease!”
As well, after talking to Shane and Joanne I can honestly say
that patience is an attribute that if Shane (and very likely
Joanne, too) did not possess in large quantity, I am almost
positive they would have shut down the business years ago.
Base Burner Before then After
Now is September 2014. 15 years after its birth,
Vintage Stove Restoration Inc. is located in Didsbury
on an acreage with a large shop which is the hub of the
business. On any given day you will find Shane and Joanne
in the store working on a stove; making sure that the
finished item has been fully restored and ready to be used
safely for another 100 years!
In the beginning, Shane worked out of his garage in a
northeast Calgary community. On a visit there, stoves could
be found not just in the garage, but along the outside walls,
along the fence, and so on. Initially Joanne had another
full time job and was not as involved in the business. When
additional space was needed, they moved the business
to Chestermere to a rented shop on land which became
storage for the growing inventory of old stoves; then to a
commercial space in southeast Calgary; and in 2008 they
moved to Didsbury.
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November 2014 - January 2015 • 15 some wonderful aromas with the family not far away.
One delivery, however, did not go as expected. Shane had an
employee at this time and sent him to deliver a completed
stove. It took four hours round trip and when the employee
returned, the stove was still in the back of the truck. A stove
leg had broken en route and needed to be repaired before
the delivery could be attempted again!
Burbank Stove Before then After
Basically, to refinish a stove, it must be taken apart,
each separate piece completely cleaned, repaired where
necessary, sandblasted, and the chrome nickel-plated (the
latter being the only process that must be done off site,
everything else can be done in the shop). And, the final
step is putting it back together. When restoring a stove one
thing that Shane was adamant about was to first go over
the stove carefully to check for any missing parts. He spoke
knowingly, from experience no doubt, that once the stove is
all apart, it is almost impossible to know if a part is missing
and if so, which one specifically! It was also important to
both Shane and Joanne that each stove be restored to its
original state – with all parts working properly but they
also feel that a small chip or crack is now part of the stove’s
character or patina and recommend leaving the tiny flaw,
doing a minor repair, but definitely not replacing that part.
Shane and Joanne spoke of the incredible responses
they have seen when showing the completed stove to the
owners. Many of the stoves have been in a family for years,
if not generations. There have been tears, huge grins, and
faces that show delight as well as the memories they are
experiencing just looking at the stove again. Likely they
are picturing it in a kitchen throwing heat and possibly
1909 Enterprise Monarch
Their “travels” have been interesting, to say the least.
Shane described a trip back from Saskatchewan early on in
the business. He had an old 1979 Chevy ½ ton truck loaded
to overflowing in order to get all the stoves and parts home.
The weight of all this cast iron was incredible! He pulled
into a gas station to tank up and a RCMP cruiser pulled in,
looked at the truck with stove parts hanging out over the
box and asked him what he thought he was doing? Shane
told the officer he was going home and the officer told him
to get going and not to come back. By the time Shane got
back to Calgary, the load had been so heavy that the box of
the truck was literally beginning to separate from the cab!
Shane and Joanne do a show in Grande Prairie every year.
The truck they have now pulls a trailer with their stoves. The
truck and trailer both display huge Vintage Stove logos. It is
still surprising, but not as much as the first time they were
literally waved over to the shoulder by another vehicle so
that a discussion of restoring a stove could be had!
I have to mention their “warehouse.” Basically it is
the large grassy field behind and beside the shop. There are
thousands of stoves and their parts just waiting to be used!
Novel and practical.
Between then and now, as the company grew so did
the numbers of happy, grateful people whose old cast iron
stoves now shine and are again in working condition.
Vintage Stove “warehouse” large grassy field behind and beside the shop.
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2014-15 Shows & Auctions
*Nov. 8�������������Antique Auction
Gateway Auction, Harmony Hall, Redcliff, AB
*Nov. 9�������������Antique Show & Sale
Vancouver Flea Market, Vancouver, BC
Nov. 15, 16�������24th Annual Carswell’s Red Deer
Christmas Antique Show
Westerner Exhibition Grounds, Red Deer, AB
Nov. 15, 16�������Historical Arms Collectors
of BC Trade Show
Operating Engineers Hall, Burnaby, BC
Nov. 15, 16�������Acadia Sportcard Show
Acadia Rec. Centre, Calgary, AB
Nov. 16�������������21st Century Flea Market
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
Nov. 21�������������Coin & Currency Auction
Scribner Auction, Wainwright, AB
Jan. 18������������� 21st Century Flea Market
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
*Jan. 31, Feb. 1����16th Annual Piapot Lions Antique
& Collectables Show
Armouries, Maple Creek, AB
Feb. 8���������������Historical Arms Collectors
of BC Trade Show
Operating Engineers Hall, Burnaby, BC
Feb. 22�������������Retro Design & Antiques Fair
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
Feb. 28�������������First Canadian Collectors Club’s
Antique Show & Sale
Thorncliffe-Greenview Community Hall, Calgary, AB
Mar. 7, 8�����������43rd Annual HACS All Collectors
Hobby Show & Sale
Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Nov. 28, 29�������Vernon Collectors Club Antique Show
Vernon Rec. Centre, Vernon, BC
Mar. 13-15��������Collector’s Show
Nov. 29�������������Hillhurst/Sunnyside Antique Market
*Mar. 21, 22�����Antique Expo at Tradex
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre, Calgary, AB
*Nov. 29, 30�����18th Annual Piapot Lions
Gun & Hobby Show
Armouries, Maple Creek, SK
*Dec. 1, 2���������Fall Antique & Collectible Auction
Hall’s Auction Services Ltd, Calgary, AB
Dec. 6, 7�����������Acadia Sportcard Show
Acadia Rec. Centre, Calgary, AB
Dec. 7���������������Retro Design & Antiques Fair
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
Dec. 14�������������Historical Arms Collectors
of BC Trade Show
Operating Engineers Hall, Burnaby, BC
*Jan. 1�������������New Year’s Day Auction
Scribner Auction Ltd., Wainwright, AB
*Jan. 11�����������Multi-Estate Auction
The Mumbling Muse, Holiday Inn, North Vancouver, BC
Jan. 11�������������Historical Arms Collectors
of BC Trade Show
Operating Engineers Hall, Burnaby, BC
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon, SK
Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC
Mar. 21, 22�������Estate Sale of John MacGowan
Cosmos Civic Centre, Saksatoon, SK
Mar. 22�������������21st Century Flea Market
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC
Apr. 3, 4������������53rd Annual Antique Arms Show
BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, AB
Apr. 5����������������Historical Arms Collectors
of BC Trade Show
Operating Engineers Hall, Burnaby, BC
Apr. 11, 12��������Prince George Hospice Society
Antique & Collectible Fair
Roll-A-Dome, Prince George, BC
Apr. 18, 19��������40th Annual Wild Rose Collectors
Show & Sale
Expo Centre, Northlands Park, Edmonton, AB
Apr. 18, 19��������Kerrisdale Antiques Fair
Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver, BC
Apr. 25, 26��������Acadia Vintage Retro & Antiques Show
Acadia Rec. Centre, Calgary, AB
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November 2014 - January 2015 • 19 Soup’s On
Heat It T Up, Ladle
It Out
and Serve!
his issue, we are going to get into something
warm and tasty. The savoury, satisfying
world of slow-simmered homemade soup
has an appeal for everyone in wintertime
Canada. What we make it in, serve it out of, and
spoon it from; are all opportunities for collecting and
displaying our treasures, that have huge potential to
satisfy and serve our needs for useful and pleasing
items in our kitchens and dining rooms.
by Susan Holme Manyluk,
HolmeHus Antiques, Red Deer, AB
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Home cooking is experiencing a renaissance –
hurrah – and the fun of cooking something delicious,
nourishing and economical cannot be denied. I have
always loved soups; creating, cooking and serving them
are all ways to satisfy my desire to nurture family and
friends alike. Whenever I get a “new” old cookbook –
be it ethnic, country or ritzy restaurant-style, the first
section I turn to is always about soup. While I am
notorious for almost never following recipes – I love
Left: GDR J.L. Menau Henneberg Porcelain Centre: Shelley, England Right: Boch, Belgium
to browse through other people’s culinary offerings. I pick
an idea here, an ingredient there, a technique or shortcut
I have not tried before. Then I let my imagination roam
“off the page”, through the fridges, freezers and pantry in
my farmhouse; until a hankering for New England clam
chowder, Hungarian chicken broth, Irish Brotchan, a rich
Danish split pea , a Chinese egg flower or a robust German
potato soup, at last lets me decide which will be the “soup of
the day” – and I happily set to work.
chocolate. We invited family and friends, neighbours and
newcomers, both young and old; and always had a goodsized gathering. As dusk descended, everyone trooped
indoors for a selection of hot homemade soups, four or five
different ones usually; a dozen types of fresh and crusty
breads; with lots of butter and cheese along-side. Served
with steaming mugs of cider or tea, this simple menu gave
a full and satisfying conclusion to a day spent outdoors in
the brisk winter air.
Vital to any aspiring soup chef are at least a couple of
good stockpots, ideally in heavy stainless steel or perhaps a
big old tinned copper kettle – if you can find one. In cold
weather I always have at least one stockpot perking away at
the back of the stove, loosely lidded to release a little steam
and a lot of good aromas. As I deplete the stock supply;
selected vegetable cooking waters, clean trimmings, more
salt and pepper, garlic, a slice of lemon and an assortment
of home-grown herbs are added – which is why you need
a big ol’ stockpot. Eventually it is of course exhausted, the
well-cooked contents remaining are divided up between
dogs, pigs and hens (to everyone’s great delight) and then
I start a new one, using different basic ingredients for a
change of pace. Have stockpot, will cook!
In those days, with as many as thirty or forty to
serve, I simply ladled straight from my big soup pots into
what eventually became a huge eclectic collection of soup
bowls from many different countries – see picture. In
various shapes and sizes and designs; in stoneware, ceramic,
porcelain or glass; some with lugs (closed ears), some with
open handles for cream soups, some with a single handle
like a saucepan so they could go in the oven to melt the
cheese on top. Some of these were from Canadian factories
like Laurentian Potteries or were giveaways from Heinz.
There are soup bowls with no handles at all, and many
just like a giant mug. Some could be sipped from with
elegance, others required a well-plied soup spoon or a hunk
of bread to chase the last drops, depending on the nature
of the contents. Half-sized cups with turtles decorating
For many years on New Year’s Day, we hosted an
afternoon winter hayride, followed by a bonfire and hot
Continued on Page 22
Left: Wedgwood, England Right: English and Norwegian
November 2014 - January 2015 • 21 Bavarian
them were from Limoges, France, intended for turtle soup;
lovely cream- and white- glazed examples from Shelley have
English swallows in pink and rose-hued flight; and chunky
Japanese models offer recipes for various soups, or pictures
of herbs and plump vegetables on their sides. We didn’t worry
too much about whether the cream bisque was consumed
from a double-handled Shelley, whether a ceramic French
onion soup bowl held Irish Brochan or if a German bowl
labelled SCHARZWÄLDER KARTOFFELSUPP was filled with
Scotch broth. After a long afternoon, it was all good, enjoyed
with much laughter, and consumed with dispatch.
But serving a lovingly prepared soup of any ilk from
a stately soup tureen is not to be ignored either. From Boch,
the large hand-painted tureen, pictured with matching
bowls, is both elegant and earthy, very Mid 20th Century
Bottom Centre Left: Japanese Bottom Centre Right: Limoges, France
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Modern in its pleasing functional design. At Antique Mall
Red Deer Inc. you can find a very pretty GDR tureen for sale.
Dating from before 1986, it is white porcelain with floral
polychrome transfers and would certainly grace any table
or gathering with style. Also look for other German versions
in porcelain. Those from the 1920’s and 1930’s are often
cream coloured with gold highlights and scrolling knobs
and handles; being served from such a tureen, makes even
cream-of-turnip soup seem elegant!
I also like to serve cold soup, a gazpacho, in a
pretty, open crystal or cut glass bowl that will show off the
ingredients and decorative touches, before ladling and
passing around the opening course for dinner. Cold or
fruit soups are often served into a large European flared
Continued on Page 24
November 2014 - January 2015 • 23 -rim flat soup bowl. These are mostly German, British
or Scandinavian in origin; as those you see pictured are,
respectively. The flow-blue bowls (one from Wedgwood) are
probably from 1850-1880 and have been in your Editor’s
family for generations. These types of bowls were also used
for serving hot broths, into which large pieces of braised
meats were returned after slicing them. First the vegetables
and liquid were spooned up, then knife and fork were used
to eat the remaining slices of meat or fish. Today these types
of satisfying old-fashioned dinners are regaining popularity
since such ‘slow simmering” does not require a lot of work,
once the ingredients are assembled and the heat from the
stove adjusted. “Slow food” is not nearly as strenuous to
prepare as many fear – and in the case of soups made in
large batches, then stored or frozen – they make a quick and
nourishing meal when time is tight; just by adding a roughgrained bread, some excellent cheese and a big glass of milk.
It might be a long cold winter again this year, so
cook soup creatively; collect some interesting examples of
soup bowls (no, they don’t all have to match); then serve
something good from a wonderful tureen to a few deserving
friends. When not in use, a remarkable tureen or two will
also decorate a sleek teak sideboard or stand front and
centre in an antique china cabinet. Function and decorative
value together in an antique or vintage item, makes the
pleasure of owning such things even better.
Finally, enjoy the fall and winter shows; have a joyous
holiday season; and all the very best for 2015, from us to
you and yours. May you eat, collect, celebrate and enjoy!
Pea Soup
Dried pea soup has been a staple of Northern European
cuisine for thousands of years. Good things always last.
The variations of how Danes, Swedes and Norwegians
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Ingredients (can be halved in quantity if desired)
3 cups 3 quarts
1 ½ -2 lbs ½ cup
3 ea. med. 1
2-3 sprigs
2 quarts
3 cups 1 tbsp
green split peas
large ham hock
slab meaty bacon (cut in 3 pieces)
onions, carrots, celery ribs, potatoes (diced)
bay leaf
fresh thyme (leaves stripped from sprigs)
cold water
fresh or frozen peas
lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1. Soak the green split peas in 3 quarts of water overnight
2. Next morning, in a heavy stockpot, melt butter and
onions a few minutes, then add carrots and celery,
sautéing a few minutes without browning.
3. Add the drained peas, a good grind of pepper, bay leaf,
thyme leaves, 2 quarts of cold water and stir.
4. Add ham hock and bacon.
5. Place over medium heat, stir occasionally until it comes
to a boil, lower heat to maintain a very gentle simmer.
6. Cook 2 hours stirring to clear bottom of pot. If
thickening too fast, add a little ham stock or water.
7. Remove ham hock. Separate meat, bone and skin,
returning chunks of meat to the soup along with diced
potatoes, cook an additional 15 minutes.
8. Then add peas, adjust salt and pepper, and lemon juice
to taste.
9. When ready to serve, remove bacon, slice thickly
and place two or more pieces in bottom of large flatrimmed European soup bowls and fill with pea soup.
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The Wonderful
World of Wood
by Catharina VanTooren, Dealer, Calgary, AB
In the previous issue of Discovering ANTIQUES we started
our alphabetical overview of a selection of common and
exotic woods used in the furniture industry. In this part we
continue this trip through the woods.
For Your Information: wood from deciduous (leaf-shedding) trees is called hard wood,
in contrast to evergreen (needle-bearing), which provide a softer lumber. Heartwood
(duramen) is the older, inactive inner core of a tree and is the place where colour is most
noticeable. In contrast to sapwood (alburnum), which is the newly formed outer wood of
a tree, lighter in colour and abundant in nutrients.
MADRONE BURL: (Pacific Northwest U.S.A. and Canada) A highly figured,
fine textured, reddish-brown wood. It has tight bird-eyes and a beautiful
flamed pattern. We know this tree better by its scientific name Arbutus.
MAGNOLIA: This is a similar wood to yellow poplar, but is harder and heavier,
with a straight grain and uniform texture.
Continued on Page 30
November 2014 - January 2015 • 29 MAHOGANY: Thomas Chippendale started using
mahogany in the 18th century and it has been a
favourite wood ever since. There are various types of mahogany
depending on which area these trees are grown. West Indian
Mahogany is the hardest and strongest. Tropical American
Mahogany is milder textured. The African (Ivory Coast,
Nigeria, Cameroon) variety has a very distinct and pleasing
grain. It is highly lustrous with a lavish pattern. Broken
stripes, mottle, ripple and fine crotches or swirls form the
pattern, depending on the way the timber is sawn. It supplies
most of the veneers used here in Canada. Freshly cut mahogany
is a light pink to yellowish-brown. However, when exposed to
air and light, the colour will turn to reddish-brown.
MANSONIA: (West Africa) This medium dense wood
is also known as African Black Walnut. In England it
was previously used as a substitute for walnut.
MAPLE: Almost a Canadian household name, hard
(or sugar-) maple is a very popular furniture wood. It
is considered strong though elastic with good shock resisting
properties. The grain is usually rather straight, except in some
varieties such as curly, wavy and the so-called “bird’s-eye.”
Bird’s-eye is a sought-after anomaly in the wood and occurs
when buds in the tree trunk do not force their way out through
the bark. Maple’s colour ranges from white to amber,
sometimes even a little reddish. Maple warps easily when not
properly seasoned. Maple is occasionally finished to simulate
cherry wood, as cherry wood has a similar grain. We see the
use of maple extensively in inexpensive kitchen furniture. In
the 18th century it was often used as an inlay for mahogany.
On the other hand bird’s-eye maple is quite rare and therefore
mainly applied as a veneer.
MYRTLE WOOD: (West Coast of Oregon and Northern
California and the Biblical lands of Palestine) Also
known as California Laurel or Bay tree, it is considered America’s
most beautiful hardwood. The Oregon myrtles grow slowly and
are easily recognized by their symmetrical shape. They look like
freshly pruned, overgrown shrubs. The foliage is quite round,
with leaves about 3” long. A strong aromatic, camphor-like
odour permeates the bark and leaves. Myrtle wood is very hard
and finely textured. It is full of swirls and designs. The colouring
is unique, varying from a soft satiny gray to yellowish green,
with many burls and shapes in the grain. It takes over 100 years
for a Myrtle to grow to commercial size making it an expensive
wood. Myrtle wood is extensively used in Oregon for small
decorative items for the tourist trade.
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OAK: In today’s time as well as in the bygone days oak
has been the most used wood in the furniture making
industry. It is heavy, hard and durable, and not suitable for
extensive carving; therefore most furniture styles were, and are,
simpler in construction. It is light brown in colour with large
pores. The pith or medullary rays (called flakes) are very distinct
and when quarter sawn, these rays are clearly pronounced,
making it a beautiful and sought after type of wood. With
quarter sawing some wood is wasted, making quarter sawn oak
more expensive, but stronger with less chance of shrinkage.
When oak is plain sawn, elliptical V’s are noticeable.
OLIVE: The Mediterranean olive tree produces
beautiful burls and a highly figured grain pattern.
The heartwood is yellowish-brown streaked with dark brown
lines. This hard and heavy wood even smells like olives and is
mostly used for inlay.
PALDAO, or DAO: (The Philippines) It resembles
satinwood, but with darker stripes. Its colour is
variegated grayish - to greenish yellow often with almost
black streaks.
PINE: A soft native wood, it is white to pale yellow in
colour with very little pattern. Knotty pine is used
extensively for panelling and plywood, cabinet doors, etc. It
scratches easily, but does not shrink or swell with changes in
humidity. Country-style furniture often includes pieces made
of pine.
POPLAR: It is a wood of uniform texture and straight
grain. It is used for cross-banding, plywood cores and
furniture framework. It is yellowish-green in colour.
PHEASANTWOOD: (Malaysia, India and Hawaii)
This is a dark brown to nearly black wood with lighter
streaks and is rather lustrous with a slightly interlocked grain.
It is a beautiful wood which is used for furniture veneer,
handles and walking sticks.
PURPLEHEART: (Mexico and South America) This
wood owes its ornamental value to its unique purple
(or blood red) heartwood. It is also known as Amaranth or
Violet-wood. When harvested the heartwood is brown but
changes colour to its violet-purple hue over time. It is a beautiful
wood which takes a high polish, but is hard to work with.
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Leopardwood. It has a fine texture with irregular black
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TEAK: (Burma, Thailand, Java and India) This very
popular choice of furniture wood during the 1960’s
has now regained its popularity. It has a golden yellow colour,
which will darken with age. It feels waxy when touched. Dried
teak is very resistant to water absorption, making it the right
choice for use on boats. Its fragrance is similar to Rosewood.
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REDWOOD: (California) Most of us are familiar with
the California Redwoods. These trees produce a
peculiar burl growth which gives this wood its characteristic
twisted figure. It is used as veneer for drawer fronts and cabinets.
ROSEWOOD: The family of this elegant wood
includes Brazilian, East African, East Indian,
Honduras, Guatemalan and Madagascar (Palisander)
rosewood, Cocobolo, Kingwood and Tulipwood. True
rosewoods are expensive. They also emit a distinct odour,
almost like roses, although there are no two rosewoods that
smell alike. The most vivid colours and beautiful grain
patterns are found in the heart of the tree. This makes it
difficult to find choice pieces suitable for furniture. Brazilian
rosewood is in high demand. Once plentiful, it has now become
scarce due to its high rate of use.
SANDELWOOD: (India, Pacific Islands and Hawaii)
This scarce and costly wood has a spicy fragrant
odour and is used for carvings, jewellery boxes, small chests
and perfume. Its colour varies from a yellowish-tan, darkening
to orange and reddish-brown. It has a very fine texture with a
wavy grain. The wood feels oily to the touch.
SATINWOOD: (India, Sri Lanka, Australia) This is
another rare and valuable wood with a golden
orange-yellow colour and high lustre. It produces a satiny
finish and is mostly applied as veneer. The interlocking grain
pattern occasionally shows a ‘bee-wing’ figure.
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WALNUT: American walnut was introduced to the
English furniture makers during the reign of William
and Mary. Some very fine examples of Dutch and Flemish
furniture of this era have been found, due to the remarkable
quality of the walnut. The trunks of walnut trees are straight
grained; the stumps however show a wavy grain, which, when
quarter sawn, take full advantage of the pattern. Occasionally
a growth, like a mole, is found either on the roots or on the
trunk itself. “Burl” walnut is very desirable and therefore
choice pieces are always used for veneer. The heartwood of
American walnut is light to dark brown. TROPICAL WALNUT or
Nogal, is dark chocolate brown in colour with a coarse texture
and comes from Central and South America.
WILLOW: (Mississippi Valley) This rather soft wood is
not suitable for veneer and therefore used as a solid
wood only. Its twigs are used in weaving wicker furniture.
YEW: (Europe) A very durable, hard, close grained
wood that resembles mahogany. It is reddish brown
in colour and is used for veneer and cabinet work.
ZEBRAWOOD: (Gabon and Cameroon) The beautiful
pattern of this wood makes it very suitable for decorative
panelling. The pronounced dark brown stripes on a golden brown
background, gives it the appropriate name of Zebrano, Zingana
or Zebrawood. It sometimes even smells like a zebra!
And this concludes our alphabetical journey through the world
of furniture woods. Thank you to Windsor Plywood Calgary for
the use of some photographs and information regarding exotic
woods. If you missed the previous issue (Sept./Oct. 2014) with
the first part of this article, please contact the editor, check
with your favourite antique store for a back copy or go online
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