- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 05 Dec 2017
Cat's paw figure
BRE (Building Research Establishment) is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries. A guide to the use of urban timber (FB 50) was written by Geoff Cooper and published by BRE on 31 July 2012.
The guide suggests that cat's paw figure is.
|A series of small burrs scattered over the main trunk which appear as small groups of closely packed buds on machined faces giving rise to the figure known as 'cat's paw', a condition which is most often seen on European oak, Quercus robur.|
|A 'burr' is an irregular-shaped swelling or excrescence found most often on the lower main trunk, but also on branches and rootstocks of a range of tree species. A burr can take on several forms: it may consist of clusters of expanding slow-growing epicormic buds or be formed from a distinct series of irregular contorted swirls.|
 Find out more.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- 11 things you didn't know about wood.
- A guide to the use of urban timber (FB 50).
- Birds-eye figure.
- BRE articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Building Research Establishment.
- End racking.
- Physical Properties of Wood.
- Ripple figure.
- The differences between hardwood and softwood.
- Tiger-stripe figure.
- Timber vs wood.
- Types of timber.
Featured articles and news
The admissibility of evidence.
How many can you name? 37 anyone?
CIOB respond to the points-based system.
When is the weather considered 'exceptionally adverse'?
ECA backs call for a rolling programme of rail electrification.
What does 'curtilage' mean and why does it matter?
Our duty to prevent harm and protect each other.
A quality perspective.
If buildings were people, they would be just starting to walk on two legs.
Air filtration and clean air standards.
The Dukes of Normandy and the second world war.