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Wood 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 defines the term 'figure' in relation to wood as:

...a pattern, distinctive features or markings which relieve the surface uniformity of a piece of wood. The term is most often used to describe a feature which enhances the attractiveness of a piece of wood. Figure can be produced by a variety of different mechanisms.

Examples of types of figure include:

--BRE Group

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