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WOOD

Wood is the hard part of trees and shrubs. Each year during the growing season another layer of tough tissue is added. A tree's age can be calculated by counting the annual growth rings in its trunk. When cut or sawn it is referred to as timber.

What can be made out of wood?

Readily available supplies of wood throughout Ceredigion allowed for the local and itinerant craftsmen to produce a vast range of items, from clogs to full rigged ships. Wood can be cut into any shape, bent, carved, jointed and glued.

Wood was also used as fuel on the fire which helped to heat rooms.

Why does wood shrink, expand, split, warp, rot or get attacked by insects?

The fact that wood is a natural substance results in its continually changing state. In the museum we use humidifiers to keep the moister level up so that the wood does not dry out and split.

ALDER

ASH (FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR)

BEECH (FAGUS SYLVATICA)

BIRCH

ELM (ULMUS PROCERA)

MAHOGANY (SWIETENIA MAHOGONI)

OAK (QUERCUS ROBUR)

PINE (Pinus ponderosa)

SYCAMORE (Acer pseudoplatanus)

YEW (Taxus baccata)

WILD CROPS

FUEL

PLANT PRODUCTS

MATERIALS

WOOD DISPLAY