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Flitch-sawn lumber for solid-wood furniture

For centuries logs cut for furniture were sawn with consecutive slices made in parallel lines down their length. The result was a set, or flitch, of boards which can be reassembled like pages in a book. Opening any adjoining pair reveals a mirror image from one board to the next.

These “book matched” pairs can be laid out in a table top, for example, to create patterns which complement the overall design. Boards from different parts of the log can be placed where their figure is most appropriate.

Commercial saw mills today cut logs to maximize the yield of clear, straight-grained, and “defect” free lumber.  The result is a collection of narrow, non-matching, and relatively boring boards.

We have an inventory of cherry, oak, maple, and walnut fitches which are carefully stacked and seasoned. They vary from highly figured to relatively straight-grained sets. We can select a flitch that is most appropriate for a particular job, whether a rustic country style or a more formal design.