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The selection of the proper wood species for an architectural
design can be the end result of a number of contributing factors
and conditions. Intended use, costs, hardness, and relative
stability are among many important considerations.
The architect and designer may make their selection from a large
variety of foreign and domestic species, now commercially
available. The unique quality that wood imparts to design is
that each species has its own distinguishing characteristics.
Once the species is chosen, its effectiveness may vary according
to the manner in which it is sawn, sliced as veneer,
treated, and finished.
This section is designed to counsel the architect and designer
in the comparisons, considerations, and species which should
be evaluated before decisions are made and specifications
are written. This section will help you correlate, and tabulate
the information needed. An informed choice will reward the
owner with the best possible performance by a natural building
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