The Mystique of Wood
Today’s shutter market has many options for the consumer. While many in the industry continue to move toward synthetics like PVC, one recent study found 2 of 3 people still prefer wood. Wood seems to have special powers. How many have described the warmth of plastic? Wood warms the heart as well as keeping the heat in your house better than vinyl or plastic and increases the value of your home.
Kirtz shutters use maple as its standard wood for painted shutters. This results in a smooth, clean finish with an even surface. This is relatively little grain visible or surface imperfections. Maple is also very dense. its strength and durability have made it a premium choice by the furniture and flooring industry for centuries. Barry Bonds has made the wood famous for home runs. Maple is a closed grain wood.
Mahogany was one of the treasures of the new world. Christopher Columbus brought raw timber back to the Queen of Spain who had it made into a Royal dining set and instructed Columbus to bring her more. Mahogany has good stability and decay resistance, making them an excellent choice for furniture, boat building building, cabinets and shutters. It produces a very distinct and pleasing grain. Highly lustrous and durable.
All oak species can be divided into either red or white oak. According to history Charles II hid in an oak tree after his defeat by Cromwell during the Battle of Worcester in 1651, thereafter the oak was given the name “Royal Oak”. Red oak is more popular in the American market then white oak. It is commonly used in kitchen cabinetry and furniture, especially Mission and Arts and Craft style furniture. Red oak is one of the most popular stained woods used with Kirtz shutters™. Red oak has a more uniform color then white oak, with a slightly coarser grain. White oak is a good choice for it’s tighter grain. It is a beautiful tan color. Although both are high quality, white oak is often thought of as a high-end, architectural use wood.
Cherry is rated one of the favorites because of its beauty and natural luster. it has warmth, personality and charm. Cherry often shows a waving curly figure when finished. Cherry has a long, proud history as a furniture wood, dating to the time of the early settlers. Cherry is beautiful, warm and rich colored wood. Cherry can be stained a variety colors, depending on the finished look desired. For an example many people in the upper northwest part of the country prefer a clear finish and other parts of the country prefer a deeper red stain.
Ash has great strength to weight ratio. For this reason, it is used for tool handles, hockey sticks, and canoe paddles. Historically it was used for food bowls because it had no significant odor or taste. Ash is an open grained wood with a grain pattern similar to Red Oak, but without the reddish tone. The wood is heavy, strong, stiff and hard, and takes a high polish. The ash tree is also associated with Divination, Prophecy and Inspiration. Of old, a staff of ash was hung over doorframes to ward off malign influences
Grain is curly or wavy. The wood is very fine and common uses include bowling pins, decorative veneer, flooring, handles, windows, fine furniture, cabinets, organ pipes, pianos, violins. While curly soft maple only occurs in 2-5% of trees naturally, curly hard maple is even rarer, occurring only about 0.5% of the time. It has creamier color with a slightly yellow hue and is stronger and harder than soft maple.
Walnut holds stain very well for an exceptional finish and is readily polished. Walnut has good dimensional stability. Furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork, doors, flooring, paneling, and gun stocks. Black walnut is normally straight grained and is noted for its beautiful grain character, producing more figure variation than any other wood. Over the years the wood develops a lustrous patina. It is the only dark brown domestic species, so it has a large following of devoted woodworkers, that enjoy its rich color.
Knotty pine offers the perfect look for a casual or country setting.This wood was used in abundance in Early American Furnishings. Knots range in size from small pin knots to larger distinctive knots. Wood is blondish-white with slight reddish tinges.