Ray flakes

Ray flakes on our Vlekken cabinet

This beautiful meandering pattern on our Vlekken cabinet is commonly referred to as ray flakes (or flecks). It is found, among others, in oak, when the wood is cut parallel to the so-called medullary rays.

Though it appears to us as an ornamental feature, medullary rays are rather essential to trees for the conduction of water, minerals and other organic substances between the outer and inner layers of the tree.

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