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Medullary rays: What are they?

What are medullary rays?

Medullary rays appear to be ribbons or stripes in wood, which are made more noticeable when the timber is oiled or varnished. They catch the light and are not very noticeable from every angle.
Their presence in the wood should not be viewed as a defect, but in fact, quite the opposite: the more expensive and time-consuming process of cutting wood is quarter-sawing, which preserves the naturally occurring rays and ensures greater stability and quality of wood.

What causes Medullary rays?

Medullary rays are created when plant cells which grow in the opposite direction to the way the tree is growing.

We think the rays are naturally beautiful, and hope our customers feel the same!

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