Have you ever heard the phrase “True beauty comes from within”? Do you believe it? You should.
Mother Nature is full of inner beauty. Sometimes what really makes the piece, is what is hidden inside. We are here to let you know it’s OK to choose based on “sparkling personality”.
Cracks and checks do NOT mean the wood is bad or unusable. Many times this ads character to the lumber and can be used to enhance the design feature. Dependent on the location on the individual piece of timber, solid working space is available on either side of the check/crack. Many of the pieces that are full of these blemishes can be outstanding accent features. If your going for structure, yes, choose a board that is mostly to all solid.
So. What is a check and a crack?
A check in wood is a split that runs parallel to the grain (Natural occurring, happens mainly when the wood is cut and dried to process into lumber). A crack runs across the grain. Shake is a crack that appears due to the lumber being dropped with force on one end. A knot is a remnant of a branch (think of it as natures beauty mark). All of these can be dealt with by easy repair, wood fill, sawing the bad end off or just accepting that wood has flaws and not all flaws are something to steer away from.
Don’t be afraid to be that guy or gal that finds the lonely board at the back of the pile, the one that everyone overlooks, and pick it up. Look at it for what it is, elegant. Full of symmetry. And use it to make your piece gorgeous.