Chantoyance

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    • #1673
      Hank
      Participant

      I posted a question on “That Other” Forum about Chantoyance. As usual there was a lot of comments but few answers as to The How ,Why and when of Chantoyance.
      All of my SCGC guitars show vivid and very dimensional chantoyance while my much loved 25 year old Martin show none.
      Why ??/ Is it the woods themselves or the nitro versus laquer finish? the way the wood is cut?
      The Martin is very nice EIR while the SCs are Braz, Madi ,”Tree Hog” and Maple.
      Does the wood have to be highly figured to show Chantoyance ?
      As an moderately good wildlife photographer I would like to know so I can use the info to set up some shots to capture the beautiful effect.


      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German (For Sale)
      2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
      2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
      2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
      2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
      2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
      Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
      The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #1675
      haasome
      Participant

      I think it’s generally believed that it results from trees growing under stress that cause the grain of the wood to grow back on itself in a wave form. This creates a 3D appearance as light strikes the variable grain angle. It’s common in some wood, maple being an example.


      – Paul –

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 12 months ago by haasome.
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    • #1760
      tadol
      Moderator

      I think it also has to do with how close to truly quartersawn the material is – its not uncommon to see it in perfectly quartered sitka, which frequently was cut from very large diameter trees with little to no rotation in the trunk,  but is hard to see evenly in adirondack tops as the trees are much harder to find large enough and straight enough to get the same cut (plus adirondack tends to favor a bit more spiral growth) –

      In b&s material, you find many species don’t tend to show it, and in the few that might, its harder to find material cut from trunks large enough or cut to show it off – true quartersawing can be a bit wasteful, which is ok with softwoods where the smaller pieces still have use as braces, but the far more costly and smaller rosewoods and such tend to get cut for optimal yield –  going a few degrees off quarter and getting another set or two is almost always preferable to getting the perfect quartered cut just to show a little chatoyance –

       

      oops – just realized this was in the ask scgc section – pls move or delete as appropriate

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by tadol.
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    • #1805
      Richard Hoover
      Senior Moderator

      Thank you Tadol and Hassome. You have us headed in the right direction!

      Zorro; here’s some links to expert knowledge on Chatoyance, especially the last one. You know my promise to stick to scientific conclusion and repeatable experimentation, rather than opinion. So, instead of me issuing an “opinion alert”, let’s learn together through these experienced perspectives.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatoyancy                                                                                                     https://www.bing.com/search?q=chatoyancy+wood+grain&FORM=QSRE4                                                                        Or, here in The New Wood Finishing Book by Michael Dresdner.                                                                      https://www.rockler.com/how-to/what-is-chatoyance/ Michael is the definitive source for woodworking and finish science. He’s devoted a life time to his work and contributed to our craft as a founding member of The American Society of Stringed Instrument Artisans. 

      For everyone: Put “Michael Dresdner” into your search engine for an instant bibliography on valuable and trustworthy knowhow for all things wood, finish, technique and lutherie.

      All the best,                                                                                                                                                                                         Richard

       

       

      • #1814
        Hank
        Participant

        Thank you Richard….excellent help as always.


        1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
        2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German (For Sale)
        2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
        2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
        2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
        2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
        2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
        Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
        The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #1806
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      Yes indeed – Michael Dresdner  is a super-authority.  His “Woodfinishing Book” was published when I was working as a freelancer for an editor at Taunton Press in 1992, and it was authoritative of its type then – and it’s gotten better in subsequent editions.  He was, AIR, also involved with Tacoma and Guild.

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