The steel had made the bark, the sapwood,
and even the core of the tree, fly in shivers; but the oak had resumed its impassive attitude, and bore stoically the assaults of the workmen.
They used picked material, cutting out the sapwood
and seeing that the grain followed the curve where there was any shape.
All the sapwood
was adzed off; the ends were " checked" so that they would interlock.