English 18th Century solid Oak drop leaf table
Simply put, vernacular furniture is the furniture designed, constructed, and used by a local community. This everyday practical furniture is made and used by rural and urban populations alike. Furniture in this style is made from local materials, design, and construction techniques to fulfill ordinary people's needs.
2 Annular rings are the concentric circles that form in the cross-section of a tree trunk as it grows. They indicate the age and growth rate of the tree.
3 In addition to the concentric Annular Rings, some trees such as Oak contain radial structures, known as Medullary Rays, that run from the centre to the bark of some trees. The cells build ribbon like structures running vertically up the tree to transport sap and nutrients across the tree from the centre outwards and are known as Medullary Rays. Such trees when Quarter Sawn produce highly figured timber.