The texture of the skin is close grained, delicate and soft.
The timber is close grained and tough and good for planking vessels.
A close grained wood, like maple, will be found more satisfactory for the beginner.
Holly wood is close grained, light, and tough and is valuable in some forms of cabinet work.
The wood of the pear is hard, heavy, and close grained, for which qualities it is esteemed by turners and engravers and for fuel.
Assuming that the surface is ready, the first question to be considered is whether the wood is open or close grained.
If an open grained wood, a coat of filler may be used; if close grained this may be dispensed with.
Its fracture is close grained; it is easily scratched, and gives a yellowish-brown powder.
The wood of the English walnut is very hard and close grained, and nearly as hard and tough as hickory.