This section is from the book "Your Home And Its Decoration", by The Sherwin-Williams Company. See also: Nell Hill's Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details.
Fir wood resembles spruce and pine in appearance and structural qualities, these woods being often confused. Fir wood has a close grain which does not require filling. It stains beautifully, and is being used more largely for interior work on this account. The hard parts of its grain appear in beautiful contrast to the softer parts when Handcraft stained (specification 15). It can be treated natural and is most attractive when finished in mission or dull effect. These specifications are as follows: Natural finish, specification 13; mission finish, specification 9; velvet finish, specification II.
Plate CXXXIV. Fir.