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    UNDERSTANDING FIGURE IN WOOD

    The term grain is often used erroneously to refer to the distinctive surface appearance of wood, especially that resulting from growth-ring structure. To avoid continued confusion with that already overworked word, we prefer the term figure to refer to distinctive or characteristic markings on longitudinal or side-grain surfaces of wood.

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    SKYLIGHTING SCULPTURE

    When Texas entrepreneur Raymond Nasher asked for a "roofless museum" for his extensive sculpture collection, his architects and their consultants delivered a unique interpretation. The Nasher Sculpture Center, which opened in downtown Dallas in 2003, is a synthesis of nature and building: a sculpture garden and a building with a roof that's "open" to the light of the sky.

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