Horizon's Cutting Techniques
Horizon's time tested technique for “through-and- through” cutting has been used in Europe for centuries. The end result of this sawing method is an enhanced grain on each flitch, as well as carefully labeled sequential pieces. The artist/architect utilizes Horizon’s sequencing to maximize consistency of character and continuity of color in each unique application.
At Horizon each high quality log is treated with individualized attention and care.
Don't be deceived by what appears to be a simplistic method of log slicing. This technique does not replace lumber created using traditional NHLA standards, but results in a higher quality product that is more suitable for artistic applications. “Through-and-through” cutting can only achieve the superior results Horizon demands when it is applied to individually selected, high quality logs. Horizon's skills run from the selection of these better logs, to the determination of how they should be "opened up", to the actual cutting and handling practices.
Outer Face Cuts -
result in the classic, beautifully crowned cathedrals. This pattern becomes all the more interesting and complicated in figured, curly or wavy grained logs.
Mid Cuts -
produces rift sawn flitches. Rift sawn allows for pieces of wood with relatively straight grain on all faces. Perfect for applications where four sides will be displayed, such as a chair leg.
Center Boards -
source of the quarter sawn. This is the most stable part of the log with minimum shrinkage, making these cuts perfectly applicable for rails and styles for frames, cabinetry or flooring.
The "Flitching" Line -
the all-important first cut of the log. Its location dictates the grain pattern in the entire sequence of cuts. Determining the perfect placement of the flitching line is another area where Horizon excels. Years of experience contribute to a near guarantee that each log will unveil the best it has to offer.