It begins with a tree. All who work with wood as they stumble across their first knot learn and respect the tree. Versed in the ways of fine cabinetry, a skilled wood worker see's a tree as a valued resource.
At times a tree can be an investment that may take a life time to harvest. As the year's pass, the wood grows, matures and finally succumbs to the axe, saw and mill.
As logs are split, milled and transformed into rough cut boards the tree begins to reveal it's secrets. Qualities of a log will dictate how milling takes place and close ties between the cabinet maker and saw mill operator are critical in these early stages of wood working.
When that special log appears, excited words find their way from the mill to the local craftsman.
After it leaves a saw mill, the rough cut boards enter another phase. Once again a major investment of time is required before a board will enter the wood shop. At a rate of an inch a year or more, the rough cut boards will sit in piles to dry. Splits cracks or "checks" from uncontrolled rapid drying are prevented by painting the ends.
As with a fine wine, each board has its time to age before it can reach the wood workers shop.